Why Do Siamese Cats Purr So Much?


Siamese Cats Purr A Lot

There are also many people who appreciate it when cats are particularly vocal, and there is no cat that is better known for this than the Siamese cat. 

Siamese cats are often considered to be the most vocal of all cat breeds, and there is good reason for this. 

Why Are Siamese Cats So Vocal?

Siamese cats, simply by nature, are incredibly social. They want to communicate with you, with their cat friends, and probably any other living thing that they come across. They will actively seek attention, and if meowing gets them that attention, then they will absolutely meow for it. 

To better understand why Siamese cats meow, purr, chirp, and are generally noisier than other cats, you have to first understand how cats communicate. 

The Basics of Feline Communication

First things first, you will want to keep in mind that within the brain of your cat, it will see you as a strange, hairless kitten. 

Cats do not seem to differentiate that their human companions are not of the same species, and will treat you as if you were another cat in its group. Because of this, your cat will naturally communicate with you as if you were a cat, at least, it will try to do this. 

The majority of communication between cat to cat is nonverbal. A twitch of the ears, dilation of the pupils, a flick of the tail, and the stance of the cat all carry words that humans simply won’t pick up on. 

Chances are that your cat, no matter the breed, will try and communicate with you in this way when you are first getting to know the cat, but the cat will quickly learn that this method of communication will not work with humans. This will lead the cat to devising a unique way to communicate to the humans in its house. 

Normally, cats will not meow to each other. They may chirp or purr, but they do not vocalize meows to each other the way that they do with their people, and this is because cats can communicate effectively through nonverbal communication. But, because humans do not understand this, your cat will learn that meowing is one of the ways that it can get your attention. 

To a cat with sensitive hearing who communicates primarily nonverbally, meowing is the equivalent of screaming at the top of its lungs at you. 

Through meowing, your cat will be able to get your attention, and it will learn that this is the proper way to communicate with the humans in the house. 

This means that social cats, such as the Siamese, will become incredibly vocal cats when you take them in as your pet and once they have adjusted to their new environment. They will still communicate the same way they would with another cat because they still see humans as strange variants of cat, which means that you may also hear your vocal Siamese cat chirp, purr, and watch its tail flick in all different directions. 

However, because these intelligent and social cats simply want to talk to their companions, they will learn that meowing is the best way to get your attention. 

Why Do Siamese Cats Purr a Lot? 

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One thing you may not realize is that a cat’s purr is also a form of communication to other cats, and by extension, to you as well. With the naturally social Siamese cat, not only will you get to hear your cat meow more than usual, but you will also hear it purr quite a bit more too. 

At its core, purring is a sign of comfort, or a desire to comfort oneself. More often than not, this is in a positive setting, such as you sitting beside your Siamese cat or when your Siamese cat first sees you. If one of the main things that makes a Siamese cat happy is getting attention, then there’s a good chance your Siamese cat will purr whenever you look at it, simply because you are giving it attention. 

Be mindful that purring can also be a sign that your Siamese cat is attempting to soothe itself. Purring is often a sign of contentment, but it is also a way that cats will calm themselves down when they are stressed. 

A good example of this is that some vets will actually have a hard time examining a cat’s heartbeat because a cat will purr so hard in the vet’s office that it obscures the sound. All cats do this, and the vocal Siamese is no exclusion to this rule. 

If you hear your Siamese cat purring, but it is not doing the things it would normally do when it is a happy cat, you might want to look around and make sure that your Siamese cat isn’t actually in distress. 

Chances are that you will be hearing a lot of purring if you choose to bring the Siamese cat into your home environment. Purring is just one of the many, many vocalizations these social cats will make when they want to express themselves to you.

Lara Kitt

When we aren't scooping up droppings to ensure a luxurious litter box experience for our fur babies, we are writing all sorts of stuff about cats for your enjoyment and knowledge.

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