Who hasn’t woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of two (or even more) cats duking it out? Those howls, hisses, and other threatening sounds could wake even the deepest sleeper! Being extremely territorial animals, cats will fiercely defend their turf, whether that territory is in your home or neighborhood.
Some fighting is caused by particularly aggressive cats or cats feeling stressed. While cats will use body language like hissing or marking to make their presence known, sometimes interactions between these solitary creatures result in these physical fur-ocious fights!
Creepy Cat Calls
From hissing to high-pitched meows, cats can exhibit a wide array of interesting sounds. But one sound is probably the most disturbing as it can sound eerily like a baby crying. Known as caterwauling, this sound sounds like a whining howl or yowl that wavers in volume level.
Though cats may make this noise for attention or due to illness, this bizarre noise is usually used in courtship rituals. Female cats in heat may caterwaul to get male attention, while unneutered male cats may make the sound when they sense a female is in heat.
Though dogs are typically known to pant as a way to regulate their body temperature and cool down, cats can pant as well. Though cats can sweat small amounts through the pads on their paws, they sometimes need to release body heat through panting.
Panting can also be a sign of overheating or another medical emergency so it's important to always keep an eye on your pet and seek medical help if necessary.
Take a Bite
Almost every cat owner has the scars to show just how quickly a petting session can go from “aww” to “ow!” Though it may seem like your cat is having fun, it can also be feeling overstimulated.
Excessive petting or attention can stimulate the cat to the point where it becomes hard for them to regulate their behavior. Though they may try to tell you to stop using their body language, owners often misinterpret it, resulting in bites. To avoid any bloodshed, pay attention to your cat’s body language and take small breaks in between playtime.
Not in a Grrrrr-eat Mood
While cats are certainly very vocal animals, there is one sound we wouldn't typically associate with a feline — growling. It turns out that like dogs, cats can sometimes growl or even snarl. Cat growls are considered “warning” sounds that indicate they are feeling displeased by something and may even be followed by a hiss.
This behavior is often displayed when a cat is eating something that it does not want to share, feeling territorial, or wanting to signal dominance. Cats can also growl if they feel scared, angry, or are just not feeling well.