A cat will also change its meow to manipulate its owners. why did my cat's meow suddenly get deeper than usual and has stayed that way permanently? Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Seems to be eating normally. A kitten's vocals are smaller and get bigger as they grow.... causing their meow the get deeper and deeper. When a cat’s meow changes, it can be alarming. Trauma, excessive meowing, or a tumor of the larynx could also be causes of a hoarse meow. Update: She had the same soft high pitched meow the first 2 1/2 years of her life and now she has a louder, lower meow. Cat's Meow: A Fur-Ever Veterinary Romance - Kindle edition by Malone, Cara. Understanding the basics of feline communication, including why cats meow, is key to developing a deeper and more satisfying relationship with the feline in your life. But on very rare occasions, a change in sound indicates that your cat needs treatment. This can affect a cat’s vocal cords and stop a cat from producing sound. An abscess. In feral colonies, researchers have observed a very scarce amount of meowing. Feline calicivirus is a common cause of upper respiratory infections in cats. Playing next. Severe infections cause swelling that affects the nerves. I'm experienced in all cat health-related matters, behavioral issues, grooming techniques, and general pet care. The first is that something is stopping the vocal cords from vibrating. Surgery is normally required to repair the level of sound. Oftentimes, excessive meowing or yowling can be one of the first signs of a disease. Pictures, videos, articles and questions featuring and about cats. It’s caused by damage to the larynx or poor nerve function of the nerves that control your cat’s vocal cords. All in all, this strain hosts primarily sativa-dominant characteristics with a significant array of … A meow is one of the most common and recognizable features of a cat. Laryngitis, which is an inflammation of the larynx, is one of the most common causes of a cat’s changing meow. Whether cats have sustained injuries of the nerve or develop a disorder that causes the muscle to waste away, a cat’s meow will either change or stop. Nerves control your cat’s vocal folds. Probably the most common sound expressed by cats, the meow is almost entirely contained to communicating with humans, rather than other cats. Cats are highly intelligent animals and know what sounds to make to get what they want from their human owners. 2.5m members in the cats community. If you've tried to train your cat in the past and had no luck, this will work for you. This is called the ventricular cords. These types of cats need to monitored closely for any signs of a changing meow, as it could indicate a medical problem. Any abnormalities of those nerves can prevent the larynx from opening properly, changing your cat’s voice. Tumors and cancer. You might know both conditions better as the common cat cold, which is highly treatable and rarely life-threatening. Afflictions include kidney disease, blood clots, or a problematic mental state caused by increased stress. These cords are fibrous and work in conjunction with the trachea, epiglottis, and cartilage in the throat. It regulates the metabolic rate but can produce too much of the thyroid hormone if a growth occurs on the gland. This is likely to continue for the remainder of its life and will become part of its unique personality. Cats have two vocal cords, which are also known as the larynx. But there are many factors that can cause a cat’s voice to sound different. Injuries, whether inside or outside the throat, can cause swelling. But more often than not, it’s the sign of a common cold or a less serious respiratory infection. Your cat will relish the chance to interact with you in this way. When the larynx muscles become inflamed and swollen, the cat may begin to meow strangely or even be unable to make the characteristic meow sound no matter how hard it tries to articulate its mouth to do so. The upper respiratory infection symptoms may cause a raspy, hoarse meow. Hope that makes sense. Some cats are more prone to this…. Laryngitis usually develops from excessive meowing. They’re commonly caused by cat flu or bacterial and viral infections. Infections. Woodie Harry. Based in northern New York, Brandy Burgess has been writing on pets, technical documentation and health resources since 2007. If the injury is significant enough, your cat’s voice box may become damaged. Feral kittens are young enough to learn to meow, but feral adult cats will not meow after being adopted. Cats are not always fulsome about their feelings. Cat has a crazy deep meow. Feline herpes infections cause the same symptoms as other upper respiratory infections, including watery eyes and nose, sneezing and congestion. While usually harmless and will only last a few days, this could alter the sound your cat makes while it recovers from surgery. A change in the way your kitty vocalizes, such as a hoarse, raspy, or high-pitched tone, indicates a health problem. She also writes on personal development for YourFreelanceWritingCareer.com. Cat has a crazy deep meow. Muscle disorders or damage. Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx, often resulting in harsh breathing, painful cough and hoarseness, or loss of voice. Feline herpes often causes a weakened immune system, leaving cats vulnerable to other infections. I'm Richard, the lead writer for Senior Cat Wellness. Initially, kittens unleash the sound to get their mum’s attention, and because they view us humans as their parents, the high pitched sound is continually used throughout their adult lives. 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