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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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About the silent meow

I learned something new today: the silent meow isn't silent!!

From 101 Questions Your Cat Would Ask Its Vet If Your Cat Could Talk by Bruce Fogle

Cats have a hearing range, and a meow range, that is beyond the hearing range of humans. When a cat utters a 'silent meow' people don't respond because they just don't hear it. If they see the cat meow, they are enchanted and think the silent meow has been performed especially for them. They don't understand that the meow is silent only because their hearing is so limited. It is a perfectly good meow to any other cat.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 05:08 PM
 
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kind of like how elephants use this super low-pitched sound to communicate. the only way humans can tell they're even making the sound is you can feel the vibrations.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 07:43 PM
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that's fascinating! My cat Stephanie does this all the time... she will "talk" back and forth with me, because I always "silent meow" right back at her... now I bet she wonders what the heck I'm doing because she can't hear a thing!


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ha ha ha that is SO funny!!

(PS - I do it too!! )
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