Why does my cat sound like a pigeon?

One of the most common questions we get asked is why does my cat sound like a pigeon. Some people even go as far as to say that their cat sounds like a pigeon.

If you hear your cat giving sounds like a pigeon, there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, these pigeon sounds are called ‘trilling’ and are a sign of your cat being happy and content.

happy cat that sounds like a pigeon

What is cat trilling

Cat trilling is the sound made by cats when they are happy. It is a rare and special sound that is often referred to as the purr of happiness.

Cat trilling sounds like “meow” but it is not the same sound. It is often described as a high-pitched meow, with a long, drawn out “aaahh” at the end.

Cat trilling is also known for its connection to feline vocalization and can be heard between 8-10 times per minute. Cats often use this sound to communicate with humans and other cats, especially when they are feeling threatened or excited.

It is not clear why cats make this noise, but it appears that it may have something to do with their anatomy. There is a space in their palate where they can create vibrations without moving the tongue or lips.

A cat that sounds like a pigeon example

If you still worry that something is wrong with your cat because it sounds like a pigeon, below is a great example of a cute kitty trilling because she feels awesome!

How can a cat sound like a pigeon?

Cats are known to make strange sounds, but when they do, they sound like a pigeon. Cats are able to make these sounds because of their larynx.

A cat’s larynx is located in its throat and it has three vocal cords – one for each note. Cats also have a soft palate that vibrates when the vocal cords are vibrated, producing the trilling sound that cats can make.

Range of cat vocalizations

Cats are known to have a wide range of vocalizations. These include meows, purrs, chirps, hisses, and growls. These vocalizations are used for communication and for expressing emotions.

Cats produce a wide range of sounds and noises, which are used to communicate with other cats, humans, and other animals. They can also be used to express emotions such as contentment, fear, anger, or surprise.

The cat’s voice is very diverse in terms of its frequency range and pitch. Cats also have a wide range of vocalizations depending on their moods.

happy cat trilling

Happy cat vocalizations

Cats make a variety of sounds that are thought to convey happiness.

When cats are happy, they vocalize with a high-pitched and vibrating sound, similar to the sound of a pigeon.

Angry cat vocalizations

Cats make a variety of sounds when they are angry, but not all the sounds are the same. They can growl and hiss, meow and screech, or cry.

Meowing is one sound that cats use to communicate with each other and humans. It is often used as a warning or as an indication that something isn’t right in their environment.

Sad cat vocalizations

Cats make a variety of sounds, but when they are sad or upset, their meow is the most common sound.

When cats meow, it means that they are in distress. When cats meow loudly or persistently, they may be trying to get your attention or trying to tell you something is wrong.


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