The cutest sound you’ll ever hear.

When a cat meows, it’s a signal to its mother or owner, requesting help or attention. It’s a plaintive cry they used as little kittens to get their mother to take heed. Adult cats don’t meow at each other; instead they primarily communicate with body language, scents, purrs and growls. Meowing is for us humans, since we communicate verbally. It’s believed that they view us as their mother figure, bringing out the little kitten in them, crying for their mommy when they want something, such as food or affection. When a kitten/cat mews or meows, it will simply tug at your heart. It’s the most precious cry you’ll hear in the animal kingdom.


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The meow is an onomatopoeia – a word that suggests or imitates the source or reference of a sound that it describes, like animal noises. Various languages have different words for the cat’s “meow”. Here is just a sample:

  • Miau (Finnish, German, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish)
  • Miao (Italian)
  • Miaou (French)
  • Meamh (Irish)
  • Mjau (Swedish)
  • Mjav (Slovenian)
  • Myau (Macedonian)
  • Nau (Estonian)
  • Meu Meu(Catalan)
  • Miyauv (Turkish)
  • Nyan ニャ (Japanese)
  • Miao 喵 (Chinese Mandarin)
  • Miau (Malay)
  • Ya-ong 야옹 (Korean)
  • Meo-meo (Vietnamese)
  • Meong (Indonesian)
  • Mya-un Mya-un (म्याऊँ-म्याऊँ, Hindi)

If you know any in other languages, please feel free to leave it in the comment box below. 

This video features Internet star Maru, a perk-eared Scottish Fold from Japan, cutely meowing and murmuring. ^_^

A tabby kitty
Staring at me with big eyes
Meows plaintively

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  • Erin Miller on Nov 12, 2011

    So true and love the little poem at the end. Or I should say haiku lol. A cute piece definitely. And Sable has been lost…. But Garfield is alive and well and is currently sitting in my lap as I type this.

  • LoveDoctor on Nov 12, 2011

    This is a very cute share. I speak English and Spanish and I see it’s Miau on the list. The video is adorable. I love black cats with green eyes.

  • sloanie on Nov 12, 2011

    Get your own food, me-how? said the cat in English.
    Nice post.

  • Starpisces on Nov 12, 2011

    so fun.
    for Singlish, we always say “meow, meow”..
    I call a cat as “neow” for my dialect

  • Shirley Shuler on Nov 12, 2011

    Hi Lady Sunshine, love this piece, I have also learned something here today. I love the video of Maru.

  • CHIPMUNK on Nov 13, 2011

    Good one thanks for the insight of the topic

  • Scarix on Nov 13, 2011

    cat was able to speak according to his country residence.nice info..

  • business internships on Nov 24, 2011

    the picture of the cat is really cute.

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