why do cats trill

Why Do Cats Trill? You’ll Be Surprised!


ats could be very tricky to understand, and this is common knowledge. Especially if you are a pet parent, you would understand how difficult it could get to interpret a cat’s behavior.

They could be mysterious and yet funny at the same time. They have movements that are awkward and yet revealing of their nature. There is no way of knowing what they think, unless if you are a cat whisperer, I guess.

Have you ever thought about what your cats think? More importantly, have you ever thought about how your cats feel towards you? I do. I often imagine what my cats would tell me if they could speak. And my imagination is so vast I could almost see them opening their mouths as if drawing out human words.

Well, I could only hope that they can speak, but actually, that’s a little creepy. But if there is one thing I most wonder about, it would be this: Why do cats trill?

Have you ever heard them make this sound that seems as though they are saying hi? It sounds deeply serious but friendly at the same time. However, as I mentioned earlier, cats can be mysterious. So I have read a few notes that somehow helped me comprehend my cats’ “conversation starters.”

What Those Meows Mean

cat meow

Nicholas de Marino writes about cat trills in an article run by pets.thenest.com. I found it interesting as de Marino describes the trilling well. He says that a trill is that sound of a rolling R that is similar to the Spanish R. Sounds familiar?

The differences between a purr, a meow, and a trill are distinguishable and notable too. That’s what makes this study more interesting. I mean have you ever known that your cats’ sounds differ in meaning?

Still, according to the article, a trill is usually a cat’s way of saying hello. All the sounds that they make are sounds they have learned and mimicked from their mothers. If you are a good observer, you can see this in the feline family. The parents make sounds that make the tiny kittens follow, and eventually, they get to produce the same sounds.

The Different Cat Species and Their Sounds

The Different Cat Species and Their Sounds

De Marino also points out the differences between the cat species regarding “conversations.” There are cat types who like to purr or trill more than the others. In this case, it is the Siamese species. They are found to be specifically more responsive compared to other species.

Likewise, those that have Maine blood can also be showier with their emotions and needy of your attention.

I would understand if you would not want to exchange affectionate actions with your cats because you are busy. Like I said, it could mean having additional work and cat training.

Depending on the type of cats, it might be difficult to control their need to ask you to pet them. Sometimes, they also purr and look out and then look back to tell you they have something to show you. These kinds of actions are a bit hard to resist if you know what I mean.

The Trilling

cat Trilling

If you’re new at this responding-to-a-cat work, you might overthink and interpret your fur baby’s trills as cries for help. Well, now I am telling you, there is no reason for you to worry about it.

A trill is a sign of happiness for cats. You will realize this especially when your cat starts to behave as though it is seeking for more attention.

That behavior usually includes actions like rubbing its head against your toes. Your immediate response based on instinct would be to pet it of course. And so your cat trills more showing more of its happiness. This is when you and your cat connect more deeply.

It could be a heartwarming experience for you if it is your first time. But if it has been happening for quite a while, it may develop as a habit for your cat. Because of this, you might get bummed out by the need to always respond and pet it. Well, I hope you won’t.


why does cats trill

I may have laid out some words of cautions with the facts I shared. But I’m sure you will agree that understanding your cat’s trills is not so hard. You could always just use your “parental instincts.” I’m sure you have it!

You do not have to turn into a cat nerd to realize their needs. Listen to the sounds and the way they make it. Do they trill in a dark, very serious manner? Well, then it’s possible that they are sick or not feeling well. Do they trill and sit next to you? Well, I guess you now know what that means.

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