my kitten makes bird noises when she is happy and playing with her favorite fluffy toy, also when she is trying to get my older cats attention. She really doesnt meow, just in the morning when i am getting her food ready and it is a very short and sweet sound of "merro". I read that this sound is a trait of the maine **** breed. my minnie also can pick up dry food with her paw and pop it into her mouth which is another trait of maine ****! She was a kitten of a ferral cat so I dont know what she is but she does have a big bushy tail !