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Can we decode a cat’s meow?
5th May 2022

By Meghan Taylor


The meaning behind a cat’s meow has plagued feline owners for years, especially when professionals state that meowing at humans is a learned behaviour.
 
But Dr Paola Cuevas, a veterinarian at ExcitedCats.com, claims that owners might actually be able to interpret their pet's meow, though there may not be a ‘one-size-fits-all translation’. 
 
“Humans can interpret a cat’s meow in the context of a specific scenario, and communication is a two-way learning experience. In other words, the meows do not mean anything specific until we give them a meaning,” says Dr Cuevas. 
 
“Our interpretation is limited to our experience with our cats, and is influenced by our affinity towards them,” she adds.  
 
Vets are also saying that new technology, such as apps like MeowTalk, with over three million downloads and claims of translating pet's mews, may be detrimental to us gaining a true understanding of what our animals are really trying to convey.