Every pet has their own special quirks and personality traits that make them as unique as the people who own them. Whether it's a parrot who only repeats R-rated words or a Maltipoo who loves socks more than life itself, it's the little things that truly make people smile. Just ask the owner of one adorable Siberian cat!
The gorgeous tabby-colored cat has perfected a signature greeting for her owner, but it's made over 17 thousand people smile through a January 16 TikTok video, too. Meet Maple! The sweet feline always offers a few 'silent meows' before saying hello for real, and it's the cutest thing I've seen all week. If you ask me--it's a very endearing way to say hello!
Aww! This beautiful Siberian kitty looks comfy as she's lounging in the laundry basket, though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't anxious about it tipping over the edge of the chair. Then again--this is a cat we're talking about, and felines' reflexes are one of the most impressive things about them. She'll land on her feet for sure!
I'm going to be honest: Maple's silent meows had me turning up the volume at first, but I'm sure I wasn't the only one feeling like I missed something. Let's just say that my Siberian Husky never 'silent barks,' so I had no idea cats even do this! But sure enough, Maple's little quirk is actually fairly common, and it's not exactly as it seems on the surface.
What Does it Mean When a Cat Meows Silently?
You may be surprised to learn that your cat's silent meow isn't actually silent! As Stephen Quandt, CFTBS and founder of Cat Behavior Help, explains, your cat probably meows at a frequency so high that you can't hear it. Remember, your feline's hearing can pick up on much higher frequencies at much further distances, and they have no clue that you can't hear them, too! So, technically, you can interpret silent meows exactly the same way as you would an audible meow.
However, silent meows can sometimes be a learned behavior. If you've reacted to one of these 'sounds' in the past, your attention-seeking cat may just be repeating it to get your reaction! Most of the time, inaudible meows aren't anything to worry about, though it's worth checking in with your cat's veterinarian if their normal meow suddenly becomes raspy, strained, or hard to hear. They're probably just saying hello like Maple, the fluffy tabby cat!
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