29 May 2012

My cat yeowls at other cats. He sounds like a human infant. Today the cat he was yeowling at let him sniff his nose. It was only after several minutes of continued yeowling that the other cat slowly backed away and continued on his way. What is the meaning of this cry?

6 comments:

lostgander said...

Hmm...does he seem aggressive in these situations? Some cats are just more vocal than others, so unless it's a territorial thing he could just be saying hi in his own way.

Oh, and nice to meet you, too. I found your blog via awildslimalien, btw.

wrenna said...

I figured that was where you'd come from :)

After he was done yeowling at the other cat he hissed at me for only the second time ever in our lives together. I was worried, but this morning he's been back to his purring, snuggling self, only he wanted to go outside, in the rain, to tell the neighbourhood what to do, I guess.

We were in the neighbour's garden looking for the very skittish girl cat who lives there when this happened. I wonder if maybe he is doing a feline interpretation of the dog barking at other dogs and the mailman. The yeowl is definitely received as a hello at first. The other cats will yeowl back more quietly.

fyi, I am thinking about becoming a librarian and/or archivist.

lostgander said...

Weird. It's so hard to figure out what's going on inside a cat's head. You might be right about him acting like a dog. Maybe he is an alpha cat? I've had cats for most of my life but about six months ago I got a dog so I've been on a steep learning curve as far as that goes. I used to think dogs were pretty simple because of their constant need for external validation. But I'm finding they are pretty complex after all.

Librarians are the salt of the earth so, yeah, you should become one. Why not? Join the club.

wrenna said...

I remember my cat at the shelter and he would lie in the middle of the room while the other cats walked around him, or else sleep in the cupboard where no other cats could fit. I don't see a correlation between that laid back behavior and this yeowling.

The dog belongs to my mother and is a poor anxious soul. She pees on the floor all the time, which is less fascinatingly complex than it is destructive. When my parents go on vacation I get to watch the dog and she calms down some, not having to feel responsible for my feelings.

I would love to work in a university library and do an advanced degree part time with the stability of having a reliable job.

lostgander said...

Not sure how it works where you are, but here that option is nice because you get tuition reimbursement. I think many people who work at this university stay here just so they can get another free degree. I've considered doing the master's in writing program here but I've developed a real resistance to any kind of structure in my learning. I know it would probably help me with my writing, but I'm stubborn.

During her last couple of years, one of my cats used to sneak off and pee in various areas around the house. Cat pee is so much worse than dog pee (not to minimize your troubles, of course, just making an observation). On warm days I think I can still sometimes smell it wafting up from the hardwood floors.

wrenna said...

Yes, we have tuition reimbursement too. I have a professor right now who is really great at offering writing advice and am relying heavily on her editorial hand to clarify the process for me. I'd gotten tangled in knots on my own, and she has given me plenty of time and space. Her interventions are a relief.

My cat pees when he gets worked up (mostly because he wants to go outside overwhelmingly), but always on the plastic mat we've put down by the back door. It used to be a throw rug. He has not been so destructive. The dog pees on the carpets and hardwood which has changed colour and curled up at the edges because it is many types of wood pressed together.