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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Trilling cat

First, let me set the stage for this thread: Murphy, our brown mackerel tabby, is very, very vocal around the other cats. Especially when the Christmas tree was up, he would go sit in the corner behind the tree and trill at Misha, who was usually hiding under the tree. Why? Is this just his way of communicating with Misha? There's never any response from Misha. She usually just picks up and moves on to the next hiding spot. And he eventually follows, trilling at her some more. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 12:23 AM
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I've had several "trillers".
I used to sing to our Toby ~1996-2008~ "...'cause this is Triller! Triller night! And no one's going to save you from the claws about to strike! 'cause this is Triller! Wooo-hooo!..."

IMO, it is an 'invitation' vocalization. Sort of a 'hey, I like you, wanna play?' communication. Not quite as overt as a dog bowing down to invite another to play, but similar in its' intent.



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One of my cats trills all the time, whenever she starts to walk around, or takes a jump up or down, or wakes up, or settles down to sleep etc. She sometimes trills at me or at the other cat, but much of the time she is not trilling directly at either of us.

In my opinion she seems to be trying to communicate, as if to say, "I'm in a happy mood" or "I'm curious about what's going on over here" or "that's interesting." I think she knows that myself and the other cat can hear her trill even when she isn't doing it directly at us, and wants us to know what kind of mood she is in when she does it.

I don't have any scientific basis for any of that, though. I'd be interested in hearing scientific opinions about the reasons for trilling.
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Nutmeg trills when she wants to play. She usually trills and then starts to run, as if she is saying "Chase me!!".

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Charlee is my triller. She has so many different variations, she sounds like R2D2 sometimes. I love it!

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I feel kind of dumb to be asking this question but what is trilling? I have seen others use this term and I understand that it is a vocal thing cats do but what does it sound like? I may have heard my cats do this and just not known that's what it was.

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I used to sing to our Toby ~1996-2008~ "...'cause this is Triller! Triller night! And no one's going to save you from the claws about to strike! 'cause this is Triller! Wooo-hooo!..."
Just have to say I love this! hehe!
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Short vid of a kitty "trilling". It happens at the very beginning, the 2 seconds mark.

This one's a long vid, but the same kitty "trills" several times.



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Thanks so much Marie and Heidi! I have heard cats make that sound before but just didn't know that was the proper term for it. I don't think I have ever heard Sparrow or Salem trill though.
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Apollo does this all the time too. I think it's a play noise maybe? He seems to do it most when he's playing with Athena, especially when he wants to play but she's ignoring him or hiding from him. Maybe it's a noise they make to tell other cats they want to play?
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