Are Cats Quieter Than Dogs? The Fascinating Answer! –

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The cat versus dog debate is common among animal lovers. People’s affinity for certain animals can give clues to their personality, and stories are passed among friends about the fascinating behavior of furry companions. So here’s a question: is a cat owner guaranteed to have a quiet, calm companion while a dog owner has a spastic barking machine on their hands?

This question can arise in casual conversation, but it can also be important when considering the other people living in your home, the needs of your neighbors, or your own tolerance for excessive noise. The first impulse might be that if you want to reduce noise, a cat is the way to go.

So, are cats quieter than dogs? Yes, cats are generally quieter than dogs. Just like a dog, a cat’s noise level varies depending on the circumstances. Although a cat might seem like the quietest option for a furry friend, there are a lot of things to consider before making that assumption, including personality, breed, and environment.

People have been pontificating for years about the differences between cats and dogs. Dogs are man’s best friend, while cats are superior beings revered by ancient civilizations. Dogs rush to your side when you come home, while cats are more likely to stare at you or beg for food when you return. Dogs can be trained to perform tricks and provide helpful services. Cats do just about anything they want.

However, anyone who knows and loves domesticated creatures knows that each animal has its own quirks. This includes the sounds they produce. Cats can be quite unusual and unpredictable in their noise level.

Vocal variations

Cats have a plethora of vocal abilities, with the potential to make over 100 sounds. These include:

Meow and Meow

The best known of cat sounds, the meow has many meanings, inflections and intentions. Adult cats do not often meow one after the other, and meowing is thought to have developed after domestication from the sounds made by kittens. Therefore, sound is probably specifically developed to be understood by humans.

Meows can indicate a wide variety of feelings, including happiness, distress, hunger, need for attention, or a friendly greeting. Some cats meow often, while others reserve their meows for specific times. Just like a dog’s bark, a cat’s meow can be low or high pitched, occasional or loud, frequent or rare.

The baby form of the meow is the meow, a high-pitched sound emitted by very young kittens to indicate their mother’s need for attention or feeding. Generally, as they grow and learn to feel comfortable around the humans who adopt them, the meows turn into meows.


When stalking or investigating prey, a cat may emit a chirp or chatter. Some researchers have said this is a result of cats’ physical reactions when stalking prey, including changes to the spine and tail. If your cat likes to hang out by a window and watch birds and critters, chances are you’ll hear this sound.

Growls, meows and hisses

Here’s one that no one likes to hear. A distressed cat may emit a deep, throaty growl, similar to that of a dog. These shoots are usually presented as a warning. When angry, meowing, hissing, and even spitting are likely to occur. Keeping cats in low stress situations can usually contain this behavior.


This sound is usually a good sign! This almost always means a cat is happy and content, although purrs have been known to escape when a cat is frightened or stressed.

Scientists haven’t really been able to find the physiological reason behind this severe vibrating noise, but cat owners over generations have linked it to affectionate rubbing against the legs, responses to scratching behind the ear and affectionate hugs. Purrs may have a bit of variation in noise. Some are soft and delicate, while others may look like a tractor engine!


The above sounds and vocalizations of a cat often come in response to its surroundings. In consideration of possible cat noise, consider the following:

● Do you spend a lot of time with your cat? Cats that are close to their humans may be known to “talk” to them more. Conversely, cats that are not around many people may be more shy.

● Does your cat live with another animal and does it like this animal? This issue can certainly contribute to the amount of noise generation. Two animals in love can play, causing noise with wrestling, running and random vocalizations. If a cat is not a fan of the other animals it lives with, there will likely be distressing sounds.

If two animals don’t like each other, fights can turn into full-fledged brawls, which are a bit like the sound effects of a cartoon driveway. The fact is that some animals, like some people, just don’t get along. Some indoor cats also get angry when they see another cat wandering around the neighborhood. This can cause quite a stir.

● Will your cat be able to see lots of wildlife? If you live in the country and/or have large windows in your home, your cat will likely take full advantage of the view.

For many cats, seeing a variety of potential prey can cause the tail to flip quickly and chirp. The more your cat is stimulated by creatures visiting your yard, the more likely it is to make predatory noises. Even bugs can bring out your pet’s inner wildcat!


The International Cat Association recognizes 71 breeds. And just like dogs, cat breeds are each unique in their sound and vocal timbre.

When looking for a dog, people often have a breed type in mind. This is usually not the case with cats, which often come from shelters or are adopted by friends. In fact, only 3% of cats come from breeders, compared to about 19% of dogs. When looking for a cat, people are less likely to search for a certain breed and more likely to focus on color and size.

But breeds are as important to cat behavior as they are to dogs, and the type of cat you get can make a big difference in the sound they make. Siamese cats, in particular, are known as the most talkative cat breed, with a high-pitched meow that can sound like a crying baby. If you love a sparkly conversation with your fur baby, a Siamese is the cat for you!

Rarer breeds that make a lot of noise include Burmese, Japanese Bobtail, and Tonkinese breeds. These breeds have unique personalities and express themselves through strong and frequent communication.

Assess before adopting

It’s certainly hard to know for sure what you’re getting into when you bring home a cat. But if you’re looking to adopt and are concerned about noise, there are a few steps you can take to get a better indication.

● Search races and personality. Before choosing a cat, find out which breeds and colors you want as well as which ones you want to avoid. Shelters are more likely to have American domestic cats, but not exclusively. Read the information about the breed you’re interested in and consider its noisy potential that you can (or can’t) live with.

● If you want two cats, adopt a bonded pair. Although they can make noise while playing, a pair of cats that already love each other are much less likely to engage in those howling, screaming, heartbreaking fights.

● Spend time with the cat before bringing it home. Shelters allow you to spend time with the cat you are interested in. Shelter workers can often give you more information about the cat’s personality. This would also be a good time to ask him if he vocalizes a lot and gets along well with other animals.

● Slowly introduce new animals into the house. If you are bringing a cat into a home with another animal, it is important to consider the change you are making to the home environment. Many resources exist online to facilitate the arrival of a new animal in the family. Your veterinarian can also give you advice. An easy, low-stress introduction can avoid causing those upsetting and prolonged fights between your pets later on.

When it comes to how loud a cat or a dog is and what is quiet, it depends. Cats have personalities, needs, wants, and opinions, and they won’t hesitate to share them with you! They also like to exercise their predatory instincts, even if they are indoors. Finally, just like a dog, breed matters. All of this is important to consider and certainly gives lots of ideas to think about as we try to create a happy home with our fur babies!

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