Mute Weirdo Cat

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by Lauren (Melbourne, Australia)

My mute weirdo cat

My mute weirdo cat

My mute weirdo cat! I adopted Harley from a shelter when she was about three months old. i had never owned a cat before so i had no idea she was weird until my cat-owning friends started staring at her with puzzled faces!first of all she is a mute cat. she has never purred or made a proper meow. if she was hungry she would sit on a little box near her bowl and make a little squeak ‘mipp’ noise. she could also make a crying noise if she was put into her carrier. i recently moved into a small apartment on my own, and she has started trying to talk more. she can now make a longer noise, kind of a hybrid of her cry and her squeak. but she only does it for two reasons, if i have just arrived home or if i have gone to bed, and even then its only a few little squeaks in a row. I trained her as though i would a dog, with either praise or sharp words, so she doesn’t scratch or climb on anything she isn’t allowed to. i later learned that most people train their cats by squirting water at them. i doubt this would have had the same effect on Harley, she loves water. she rolls around and sleeps in the shower and is always coming up for a cuddle with a wet head after sticking it under a dripping tap or whatnot, which doesn’t bother her in the slightest. she have also never played with toys properly. i bought her a bunch of furry mouse toys and kept having to buy more cos they would disappear. one day i discovered them all under the lounge while vacuuming. i pulled them out for her, but within a few days she had hidden them all back under there again. If i dangle a toy in front of her, she will flip on her back, pull the toy in for a big bear hug and proceed to lick the toy for ages. its kinda frustrating because i want her to play and bat them around and be silly but she is only interested in cuddling and licking her toys.she is also intrigued by my toilet. every time i go in and she hears me sit down, she will race in and sit at my feet watching me only to bolt the second she hears the flush. her own litter habits are very noisy, she will obsessively kick her litter over and over again until she is scratching at the bottom of the tray. Before i bought a jumbo tray to catch it, there were litter crystals on the carpet within a meter of her tray in every direction. she is quite convinced my bed is for sharing sleeping shifts with her. she will rarely sleep with me at night, but in the morning she will jump around until i get up and then promptly settle in my place to nap for the rest of the day. I only sleep on one side of my double bed, and she will only do the same, preferably with her head on my pillow so she can leave some hairs for night time presents. I love her though, my adorable little mute weirdo cat. i once left her with a friend for a month while i was on holiday, and i called and got her to put me on speakerphone to say hello to Harley. apparently the poor thing lept up looking for me all confused and came over trying to nuzzle the phone. i felt so guilty i didn’t dare do it again! Anyone else have mute weirdo cats or kittens that do this stuff?

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my mute gracy cat by: shadow Hello, about 5months ago my bf found a kitten maybe 3 months old outside in the cold. We have taken her into our home. she is very smart. She knows her name. she always beating up the older boy cats we have. The thing i don’t understand is she never has meowed. Giving her a bath one day she growled like a dog. Then she got flees and she was itching so bad but only growl sounds came out. Other then that i have never heard anything out her mouth. I don’t know if i should be worried or not.


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My cat is quiet too by: Anonymous My cat is quiet too! My cat doesn’t meow either. He purrs louder than I’ve ever heard any cat purr before, and he’ll squeak or cry or open his mouth and not make any noise. I don’t know why either. He’s about 10 years old, a rescue, and the cat he had lived with prior to that didn’t meow either, but makes sort of growl noise that he uses when he should be meowing.


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SIMILAR CAT by: Anonymous i had a very quiet cat too, she only made squeaking sounds and ‘mipps’ but she could purr. We saved her from the carpark she was born in with her stray mum and siblings. she was only about 4 weeks old at the time and nearly dead from flea bits. our vet told us she was so quiet because she hadn’t been with her mum long enough to learn to communicate properly. maybe the same problem with your baby, if she was rescued and at the shelter at such a young age maybe she was taken from her mum too young.


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My cat, Tea Cup, is totally mute by: dek1000 But she can mouth the words to a meow. Indeed, you’ll miss it if you aren’t looking. I think once — MAYBE — she made a noise, but I can’t be sure. And sometimes when I come into the room or the like, she’ll make a HUGE yawn, like either yawning or screaming, but it’s typically a happy event that leads to this. She is a loud purer, however; nothing wrong in that department. She’s also has a sneeze like sound thing, likely the replacement for the meow. She does it to get attention or, I think, when she’s approving of something, like when she’s being brushed. Being a long-haired Persian Himalayan cat, she normally gets brushed twice a day. She was foreclosed on — the owners left her behind in the house. Since she made no noise, the real estate agents paid her no attention. When we got her, after a rescue group found her, she weighed just over 3 pounds and had a bumpy ridge for a back. How were we supposed to know she was malnourished and dehydrated? We had never had a cat before, and I swore we’d never have one, period. Well, she was totally de-clawed, female, and possibly spayed (vet’s not sure). And being small, she wasn’t likely to be jumping on tables or the counter. These were all part of a list of reasons why I?d never have a cat. Fortunately, she saw a vet shortly after we got her, and she’s a healthy 5+ pounds of fur. We got her close to 2 years ago. She’s likely 7 years old now and is a love of my life. I don’t think she’ll ever meow. She doesn’t need to. Perhaps the fact that she’s a bit hard of hearing is one reason she’s this way, but we don’t know. She is what she is. She can jump on a bed but still can?t get higher than that. That?s a good thing. Her fur can go where she can?t. We can live with it. She?s brave, as in she won?t get out of the way for anything. That?s why she?ll forever be an indoor cat. She?d hardly move for a car or a person or another cat. Why take any chances?


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Not weird I am a cat! by: Max My vet said some of us are just not talkers. I can open my mouth to talk but really no sound comes out. The only time, is if I’m really anxious about something, and this is just a squeak like Harley, or, I’m wrapped in a hand-towel to be submerged in that liquid stuff with bubbles… uck! My mistress/staff insists on giving me a pedicure before this bathing thing. My brother, Smoke, loved water. In fact, he’d go into the shower when she was in there and get a shampoo at the same time. I’m surprised, she came out with her skin intact! She wears two sweatshirts when hanging me over the edge of the bathtub. My mistress also insists on airing me out every now and again… I mean I love the outdoors, especially when we lived on five acres. But basically, I’m an indoor cat, ah the life! But to get back to making noise, I’m at my noisiest when I’m going through and out the front door!I love my toys too, in fact the more catnip inside them, all the better. I have a furry mouse, and this square pouch, and they’re loaded… I get this kind of glazed look. Oh yah, I make noise after hugging and licking one of these characters, I kinda croon. My Staff think this is funny… ha! And those crinkly things (toys even scrunched-up foil, cellophane) make great noise. I love to play with these. But, alas, eventually everything disappears, get’s too far under that furniture-stuff and I can’t get at it. My arms are only so long!But you know, I’m in my senior years now, so They, say… my Vet and Staff that is… I feel young, only eleven years young. So, as you probably know some senior people, I’ve put a little weight on… oh dear. The upside is, I’m on the Catkin’s Diet… lots of protein… I’m in heaven. Chicken, salmon, shrimp, some roast beef, um oh yes, Brewer’s Yeast, it’s great for my fur coat. I don’t do cream of milk, it doesn’t agree with my digestion. I leave puddles of stuff on the floor if something doesn’t agree. And the best part after a pedicure or comb-out, I’m a long haired chap, is the malt she gives me. It helps clear the fur lining from my stomach or digestive tract. Anyways, Harley’s not weird, she’s a cat! She’s purrrfect! Oh yes, I’m Max and I reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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I do not think its that weird by: KoolCat One of my two cat’s(Beanie) always rolls onto his back while I try to play with him and then he also repeatedly licks the toy, but I’ve never seen him try to hide it. I feel sorry for Harley for being mute, but also wish my cats could be quiet every once and a while! I also sort of feel bad for you because after a long day I just cuddle up with my friendly cat(Angel) and relax hearing her purr. One of my friends used to have a cat who recently died. His name was Hunter. He’d always jump into the bathtub with my friend and would come out soaking wet, but he really seemed to enjoy it! I hope this tells you that your cat really isn’t so weird after all~ KoolCat


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Aren’t they all WEIRDOS? by: Brenda I have had cats as long as I?ve been out on my own. I currently have three cats, Tabby-Lou, Handsome (aka Hans for short), and Xena. None of them are mute – but my oldest one, Tabby, 13, has never been a big talker. She loves to purr. She seems to save her talking for when she is distressed. When she does attempt to “meow” sometimes her mouth opens real big yet not a sound comes out. Sometimes it’s just a squeak. Either way, it gives me a good laugh. As far as the toys go, every cat toy I’ve ever bought has ended up under some piece of furniture within 5 or 10 minutes of opening it. That’s completely normal to me. Hans and Tabby LOVE water. Tabby has been known to jump in the shower with me at times. Hans waits patiently every single morning and as soon as I get out of the shower, he jumps in and starts lapping up the water as its draining. As if this is the only water he gets and must drink it quickly before it?s drained out!Tabby has a water bowl of her very own. She does not like to drink out of the community water bowl. HER bowl sits beside the kitchen sink on the counter. It must be kept fresh at all times, and she MUST see you fill it with fresh water or else she will not believe you did and she will not drink it. If she feels that this water does not meet her qualifications, she will take her paw and splash it out all over the counter until you dump it out and put fresh water in there. This is the same cat who will attempt to drink dirty watercolor paint water, or water that?s been sitting in the sink for a while. Each of my cats has their own special time with me that they have designated. When I am going to the bathroom upstairs, Hans is there and ready for his scratchies and lovins, when I go to the bathroom on the first floor, Xena is there ready for her loving. If she doesn’t make it in the door in time, she will sit outside the bathroom door and we’ll play pawsies under the crack of the door. I just realized I could go on and on about my WEIRDO cats and their WEIRDO eccentricities. All in all, I?d say Harley is a typical cat. I?m pretty sure that they?re all weirdos in their own way, that?s what makes them cats!


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Mr Biggles is also mute by: Hanli Lötter I have a Persian Chinchilla, Mr Biggles. I got him from a breeder at the age of 7 months who didn?t tell me he is mute. He has the cutest way of talking to me. He does purr but doesn’t meow. He makes the funniest squeak when he wants food or when he talks to me. He is not people friendly and hides himself when I get visitors. He is with me now for almost 3 months, loves sleeping with me on the bed but will not climb up on my lap yet. While he is on the bed with me, I can rub him, scratch him and do anything whatever I like to, but off the bed in the day time I cannot touch him. He stays arm length away from me. He is very cute when he talks to me. He loves playing in the bath and the basin, where he rolls around and catches his tail. He plays hide and seek with me and jumps in the basin with ears flat and making himself very flat as if I am not supposed to see him. When I go to the loo, he goes to his sandbox as well. He has quite a few toys which he loves playing with, i.e. a big feather, cat-nip pouch, inner roll of a hand paper towel, a hard loofa, paper packet and two small soft toys which he loves carrying around. He also has a hard polystyrene bird which he loves playing with, it slaps and glides easily and almost gives a flying effect which he then catches and ?kills?. And he thoroughly enjoys his scratch pole and scratchpad.


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No Voice by: Storm My Siamese girl fell out of a window and hurt her voice box, it took about a year for her to talk again, I just had to learn a different language. Your little one sounds wonderful, a real character. You are lucky to have her.I don’t think she is at all weird, just unique.


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Meep-Meep by: gill I have a 14year old cat called Meep – she got her name because when she was a kitten all the noise she would make was -yes you’ve guessed it – Meep! She did get more vocal as time went by and now she makes more noise than a Siamese!