– RedGrittyBrick May 30 '15 at 18:26 But did you know that the majority of cat communication from one cat to another is through body language and scents? They meow at humans for many reasons, and it is up to us as cat parents to try to understand our cats and figure out what they want. First they recorded the purrs of 10 cats… to fill a dictionary, cats still haven't mastered language. The meow language surely works on humans. To understand just how cats vocally manipulate owners, including herself, McComb and her team set up a series of experiments. But a Cornell University evolutionary psychology study - analyzing people's reactions to feline vocalizations - shows that cats know how to get what they want. it is genetically programmed not learned) or you need to alter the title and text if you are sceptical that cats learn to manipulate (really to persuade) humans to give them what they want by modified use of meowing. You either need to find a notable claim that cats have evolved this behaviour (i.e. Cats have lived with humans for a very long time (4,000 to 5,000 years) and they have discovered that the noise infants make always results in a quick response. After more than 5,000 years of human-feline cohabitation and enough elaborations on "meow!" https://www.seniorcatwellness.com/why-do-cats-meow-back-at-you Scientists have even discovered that over time cats have refined their communication skills to manipulate humans. How Cats Have Learned to Manipulate Their Humans. Purina further explains how a “cat is dependent on [its owner] and quickly learns that” humans are no good at “picking up the scent messages… or the body language [the cat] is attempting to use… source. Mother cats — called queens — will make soft vocalizations that are a sweet blend purring and meowing to communicate with their kittens, but once the kittens are grown, the meowing stops. The reason cats meow exclusively at humans is simply because “cat language” doesn’t work on people! ... even ones who have never owned cats, respond to this meow-purr for food with more urgency … Cats use dozens of different meows to communicate. A sharp, short meow usually means your cat is saying “hello”. A growling meow is their way of telling you to back off. There are many variations and types of a cat meow. Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans. “Adult cats developed meowing specifically to communicate with humans. In fact, cats rarely meow to each other, but will often meow to humans. (May 20, 2002) When they’re with other cats, they will not meow to each other, but instead use a myriad of different noises, movements and silent body language to get their message across. Here are some other reasons cats may meow at humans: I'm stressed . Cats meow at people when they want to get something done from you. 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