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Old 01-19-2006, 08:12 PM
kanicbird kanicbird is offline
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It is true that cats can vocalize over 130 different sounds, and that they only make the "meow"-type sounds around humans
My understanding is the reason they use 'meow' is because this is what they want to say to us. It is actually 2 'cat words' put together. One 'word' means that I accept you (for now), the 2nd is I will defend myself, or attack if I feel it needed. Sometimes cat owners will just get the 'me' part of the meow, which indicates the cat has no intention of attack, which is a much more friendly jesture.