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03.06.2022

Is your Siamese cat meowing a lot? Discover what they’re trying to tell you!

Siamese cats are notorious for being super vocal. The noise they make is distinctive, and Siamese cat meowing has often been compared to a baby crying.

These felines are not afraid to raise their voice. They will demand your attention, express their dissatisfaction with you, or scold you for leaving them alone too long. Siamese cats will also greet you with a happy meow when you get home, although it depends on their mood that day. If your Siamese is feeling particularly chatty, they will tell you about the fun day they had digging through your wardrobe and messing up your laundry while you were away (in full detail).

There's no denying that Siamese cats are a talkative bunch, and it would be fun to understand what they are saying. This article will explain all the different sounds these cats make and tell you what they mean.

The importance of understanding a Siamese cat meowing

Kittens begin meowing the moment they are born to let their mother know where they are and what they need. Since Siamese cats behave like kittens their entire lives, they never stop meowing. Instead, they produce various sounds to communicate their wants and needs to human parents. It's crucial to learn to decipher what your cat is telling you so you can react accordingly.

Meowing is their way of telling you they love you or that they are hungry, frustrated, happy to see you, and similar. If they start giving you a silent treatment, that's when you should become worried.

Siamese cat noises and their meaning

Siamese cats make noises to express their:

  1. Needs and wants
  2. Satisfaction and happiness
  3. Pain and discomfort

Siamese cat noises to express wants and needs

Your kitty will make the following noises to tell you that they are in need of something:

  1. Caterwauls
  2. Long medium-pitched meows

Caterwaul

Caterwaul is a long and shrill noise like a howl or wailing. Given that cats have been practising how to make this noise since they were kittens, they have perfected it and now use it as a form of manipulation whenever they get the chance. Caterwauling only stops once their need has been fulfilled.

Heeey! Are you planning to feed me today?

Source: Simona Hane

If your Siamese cat starts making these long wailing sounds, they probably need:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Attention

Long medium-pitched meow

While cats caterwaul to express a need, they rely on long mid-pitched meows to express a want. Siamese cats can be pretty persistent, and they won't stop until they get what they want.

They will produce this sound and stand next to a door to tell you they want out. If they start rubbing against your leg, they want a snuggle. A nudge while you work or eat is probably a sign your cat wants to play.

Siamese cats meowing sounds to show satisfaction

Having a pet that is so expressive is a plus. In most cases, when a Siamese cat meows, it's because they are happy. You will always know your Siamese is happy if you hear:

  1. Short chirps
  2. Long low-pitched meows
  3. Soft short meows

Short chirp

A short, high-pitched "meh" sound is your Siamese cat's way of grabbing your attention and starting a conversation.

It's a way for them to greet you, so you will most likely hear it when you come back home (especially if you dare to forget to greet them). If the noise persists, it only means your feline friend is really excited you are home.

Low-pitched meow

If you hear your Siamese making a long, guttural sound, they are perfectly content with their life. It is also a sign that your cat is calm and approachable. A slow tail wag usually accompanies this sound. 

Siamese cats often meow like this when they are playing or if they catch prey or a toy and are proud of their accomplishment. Make sure you acknowledge their success with a cuddle and a reward.

Soft short meow

This is the sound you will hear while cuddling with a Siamese kitten. That's how they show affection and tell you they are comfortable and relaxed. 

Adult Siamese cats will use a similar noise to express the same feeling, but they will typically meow like that while walking around the house. A soft meow means your cat feels safe in their home and that all their needs are fulfilled.

After a busy day of chasing my own shadow, I will now rest here in this perfectly natural position.

Source: Kristin Brown

Siamese cat noises expressing distress

Most noises Siamese cats make are the expression of happiness, but there are two that will clearly tell you something is not right:

  1. High-pitched meow
  2. Loud guttural sound

High-pitched meow

A high-pitched sound resembling a scream is a clear sign that something is wrong. If you hear your cat scream, they are likely scared, surprised, or in pain. Your cat is telling you that you have to take care of the problem immediately.

If your Siamese is making this high-pitched cry frequently, e.g. when you try to touch them or pick them up, it's a clear indicator that they are in pain.

Loud guttural sound

This sound is a cat's equivalent to a dog's growls. By producing a loud guttural sound, your cat is telling you they are scared or uncomfortable. If you hear your cat making this noise, check for threats, such as another cat, dog, or a stranger.

Before you try to approach your cat in this situation, try to eliminate the cause of their fear. While your Siamese loves you, when they are scared, they can be aggressive. 

How to get a Siamese cat to stop meowing

Never ignore your cat when you hear them meowing (especially if they’re in distress or showing dissatisfaction) because this can cause them to become depressed, which leads to numerous behavioural problems, including biting and aggression. 

Give your cat food, water, attention, and a clean litter box, and they will be happy. 

Source: Jack Dong

If the meowing is incessant, and you made sure your Siamese isn’t ill or in pain, you can try the following to stop them from making unpleasant noises:

  • Scoop the litter box regularly—Cats are super clean creatures, and if there's anything they despise, it's a dirty litter box
  • Play and cuddle with your kitty—Cats sometimes cry and meow because they are lonely or bored. Give your cat enough attention and affection, especially before you go to bed, because they may feel alone while you sleep
  • Keep some lights on—Senior cats can suffer from vision loss and dementia. Keeping some nightlights on throughout the house can help your feline friend feel safe
  • Provide quality food—Many issues a cat experiences can stem from improper eating habits. Your cat could feel down and meow because they are having stomach problems due to an ingredient in the food that doesn't sit well with them. It is also possible that your cat still feels hungry no matter how much they eat because the food you give them doesn’t provide the required nutrients. Besides the incessant meowing, improper diet can also cause a variety of health issues, which is why it’s crucial to provide regular servings of high-quality cat food to keep them satiated, energetic, and happy

How can the diet make your Siamese cat purr with content?

An adequate cat diet is critical for a feline’s health and mood. 

To ensure your cat is happy and healthy, you should make sure their diet is close to what they would eat in the wild. Cats in the wild usually hunt small animals, such as mice, birds, slugs, etc. (domesticated cats will do fine on lean meat and fish), which means that you need to provide cat food that consists of:

Nutrient

Recommended amount

Role

Animal protein

50% or more

  • Serves as the best source of energy for cats
  • Provides the cat with essential amino acids, such as taurine
  • Ensures muscle growth
  • Maintains good organ function
  • Keeps the coat healthy

Animal fat

Not more than 20%

  • Adds great taste
  • Provides essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, omega-3 and omega-6 acids, necessary for a strong immune system

The best sources of these nutrients are:

Cat food ingredients to avoid

Cats shouldn't eat grains, cereals, vegetable protein, and sugar. Carbs do nothing for them in terms of nutritional value and can only cause digestion issues, leading to incessant high-pitched meowing. 

Since cats are hardwired carnivores, their tummies are not designed to digest vegetables and fruits. If you realise your cat is constipated, you can give them small portions of broccoli, cooked carrots, or green beans to increase the fibre intake, but make sure their daily carbohydrate intake is under 3%. 

You should steer clear of any product with the following ingredients:

Cat food manufacturers use these ingredients to increase the calorie content in food without spending too much money. Felines receive all they need from meat, and a high-protein, meat-based diet can help prevent numerous health niggles, including:

Prioritise wet food

Many cat parents opt for dry food because it is more convenient and affordable than canned products. While kibble is fine in small quantities, and some vets even recommend giving it as an occasional snack because it can help prevent dental problems, wet food is a much better option.

Wet cat food is always the best option, and cats usually prefer it to dry food. 

Image (c) Untamed

Dry food is highly processed and often contains sugar and other unnecessary and unhealthy fillers. Another drawback is that kibbles have only about 10% of moisture, which is not enough to keep your cat hydrated and can lead to kidney diseases or UTIs.

Cats should eat high-quality wet food, ideally in the form of jelly or gravy, with a high percentage of lean meat. This type of food is similar to their natural eating habits and contains between 70% and 80% of moisture.

Untamed ensures your Siamese kitty meows with joy!

Ordering Untamed cat food is the best you can do for your feline companion.

We know how important it is for cat parents to keep their kitties content, so we developed a variety of tasty recipes that are:

  • Rich in exclusively animal protein—Meat or fish is the primary ingredient of every Untamed tin. You won’t find vegetable proteins on our ingredients lists!
  • Free from iffy ingredients—All our dishes are free of artificial colouring, flavouring, common allergens, and other harmful substances
  • Vet-formulated—We worked with vets to ensure your cat gets all the nutrients they need in complete and balanced meals
  • Ethically made—We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All our packaging is 100% recyclable, our carbon footprint is neutral, and we only work with sustainable and cruelty-free suppliers
  • Gently steamed—We slowly steam our dishes to destroy harmful bacteria and keep all the nutrients and flavours in, so no cat turns their nose up at our tins

How to order your first batch of Untamed cat food for your Siamese

Signing up for healthy meals for your Siamese “singer” is as easy as ABC. All you need to do to get your trial pack is:

  1. Tell us about your Siamese cat
  2. Choose the products 
  3. Order your trial pack

When the trial pack arrives, your Siamese will get the opportunity to select the dishes they like the most. Once your cat gives us a meow of approval, we will send monthly supplies of Untamed cat food right to your doorstep to make sure you never run out. The shipping is always free!

According to the feedback we have received from cat parents who have already switched to Untamed, here are the improvements you can expect to see in your Siamese companion:

Timeline

Effects

First week

  • More energy
  • Less messy litter box

Second month

  • Improved muscle tone
  • More playfulness

Fourth month

Life-long

  • Improved overall health (no high-pitched, cry-like meowing!)
  • Easy weight management