Voice box damage
My youngest cat Sophie had quite the rough start to life. She was found alone as a tiny baby half starved and brought to a high kill shelter where she was in a cage with a ton of other kittens, then eventually rescued by the rescue I adopted her from at 3 months old. She has a hooked tail, basically the end was broken some how and its bent permanently now, although it doesn't bother her.
Ever since I got her, she never meowed... just trilled and chirped. Her chirps sounded weird... kind of like when you are having a nightmare, you try to scream but only a squeek comes out. I thought because she was a baby she just didn't meow(although my other cat meowed since we got her at 4 months normal). She is now 1.5 years old and still doesn't meow. Anyways, just today she was being so affectionate. Purring loud and rubbing against me, so I go to walk away and she stops and looks like she is trying to meow... it makes the motion and her throat makes a meow sound(well trying to) but no voice comes out. It's really strange. I heard her do something similar when I bathed her before... she tried to meow but can't quite do it.
I'm wondering if anyone else had this issue with their cat? It could be from when she was a baby screaming at the high kill shelter, who knows. I just never seen/heard that before.