Cats on Tuesday: The Cat Goes Meow, Purr, Hiss, Chirp, Ermrrrp...
Our niece Mackenzie, who recently turned two, knows what several dozen animals say. The Cow says Moo, the Dog says Woof (she has a dog at home), the Duck goes Quack, etc. She can even pronounce Squirrel, Alligator, and Hippopotamus, so it’s no surprise that Mackenzie knows that the Cat Says Meow.
After visiting our house the other day, she had seen three cats, none of whom said Meow. Emma, who really likes Mackenzie, purred a lot. Isis, who does not like having a small visitor in her home (no matter how gently said visitor may pet you) hissed at Mackenzie once. Morgan hid, although remained curious and kept peeking in at us from the next room.
So now Mackenzie knows that Emma says Purr-Purr, Isis goes Hiss, and Morgan hides in the closet. This lesson provides us with today’s Cats on Tuesday.
Most Likely to Inform You That It Is Cat Breakfastime: Emma
Most Likely to Remind You That It Is Cat Dinnertime: Emma
Most Likely to Insist a Closed Door Be Opened for Her: Emma
Most Likely to Announce Her Entrance Into the Room: Morgan
Most Likely to Tell You That She is Bringing You a Mouse (or Other Toy): Isis
Most Likely to Scry Into the Waterbowl: Emma
Most Likely to Lament My Departure: Emma
Most Likely to Tell You a Long and Incomprehensible Story: Morgan
Most Likely to Hiss at Her Sisters While They're Having a Spat, or Likewise Express Her Disapproval of Small Human Visitors: Isis
Most Likely to Chitter at Birds from the Windowsill: Isis
I've heard maybe a third of the cats with whom I've cohabited make this funny, eerie noise--usually when they've seen birds that they can't actually chase. I wonder how many cats do this? Have you ever heard your cat make this noise, and, if so, what were the circumstances?