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Why Do Cats Bark?

Updated on July 4, 2011

Barking Cats - Weird But Funny!

Iused to love cats. In fact, when I was 16, I had one of our pet cats sleep beside me every night. However, my love for them eventually waned when I discovered that I'm allergic to cat dander.

I believe I inherited my interest on these feline creatures from my mom who has an unusual love for animals. Just to sidetrack a bit, when my mom was a teenager, she kept 500 chickens in their farm! (maybe that's also the reason why I love eating chicken!). Not only that. There was also a time that we had more than 10 dogs in our small home. Unfortunately, some of them died of old age and went to dog heaven LOL! Today, we only have four dogs left, along with two adult cats. As for myself, I've decided to keep fish (bettas in particular) as pet simply because they're easy to take care of and they don't have irritating dander that I have to deal with.

Going back to the subject, I decided to write this lens because the other night, I came across a video of a cat that I found quite unusual. And that's because the cat wasn't purring or meowing at all - it was barking! Now, the scene wasn't new to me since I hear our cats doing the same thing from time to time. It just kind of awakened my interest for these lovely creatures again. So I did some research on why cats bark, and this lens basically discusses what I've discovered.

Barking Cat

Here's the video I was talking about. I just saw it on YouTube and would like to share it with you guys. I hope you'll enjoy it as I did. Have fun! Arf! Arf! I mean, Meow... =)

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A Site That Discusses In Detail The Meanings Of Sounds Cats Make

So Why Do Cats Bark?

According to the information I've gathered from several different sites, cats actually produce barking sounds when they are trying to lure a prey. Sometimes, they also produce chattering sounds to draw birds and rodents towards them for an easy ambush! Talk about cat hypnotism. There's also this site I found that discusses in detail the different kinds of sounds a cat can produce and what they actually mean.

For instance, when you hear your cat making a high pitched and thin "mew" sound, it is actually calling for help or is asking for attention. I bet you're also familiar with the "chirrup" sound your cat makes when it sees you coming. According to experts, this cross between a purr and a meow is actually a greeting sound that cats make when greeting their owners.

Cats also create other different sounds that may mean they're afraid or threatened (screaming or hissing sound), excited or frustrated (chattering sound), contented or relaxed (purring sound), or even inviting another cat to mate (a caterwaul).

This gives us the idea that while cats may lack the complex emotions that we human beings have, they do possess basic emotions that are displayed by the kind of sounds they produce. And one more thing, if your cat is glaring at you right now and doesn't seem to stop meowing, it simply means one thing - it's hungry. LOL!

Funny Cat Caught Barking

HHere's another video of cat caught barking by its owner. It's funny how the cat stopped barking and started meowing again when he realized someone was watching him. LOL!

Cats possess basic emotions that are displayed by the kind of sounds they produce...

And Now, A Singing Cat...

Asinging cat? This gets even weirder...

Yet, Another Interesting Cat...

This may not be a video of a barking or a singing cat but it sure will get your attention. It's actually a video of a real-life Garfield! I know, I know, he's boring...LOL!

Do you know that cats are trainable? They are intelligent animals and you can certainly train them to behave the way you want them to!

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To bark or not to bark? That is the question.

Does your pet cat bark as well?

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      theyvarr my fur babies 3 years ago

      Cats are trainable if you spend the time and having the right treat they love to eat. Two of my cats can "play dead" & high five and know word commands like down, bocha (bathe time) and the word "come" when it's bedtime, and go to bed. It's the effort and love you give them that i feel that teaches them tricks.

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      What an interesting lens. I do know cats who growl, but have never come across barking cats - although my mum's often sounded like she was trying to call my mum by name.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Adorable lens. Blessed!

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing kristen. You do love cats! =D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ellagis: yup! On researches they are independent, so they are hard to train!

      Who has a bigger brain ? Us or them ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @GonnaFly: I thought THEY thought they were dogs ( that happens a lot dog thinks it`s cat , cat thinks it`s a bird strange etc. ) animals

      I want kitty- cat!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      barking cat weird but cool ! They are so cool!! I have 2 stray families of cat ( I named most of them ) at home sometimes they fight and theat saids like babies talking( you the " baby talk") except loud!!! I LOVE CATS

      I hope I'm not allergic to them

      Female kitten : Tiny

      Male kitten : Jaggy,Munchy,Pouncy,Blizzard,Harvey ( Gone = C)

      Female cat : Tabs,Jasmine ( Tab's kitten from last year`s batch had 5 kittens but 2 died! :' C ) , Cali ( bully )

      Unknown cat : Francis/Fawn ( has this black sack about 2 inches under his b*** hole which is where you tell gender but the sack covered it so unknown)But we call him Francis

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Interesting, did not know about barking cats. I did hear some cry though...

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      What is a beta addict? Very cute lens.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      @skefflingecho: Thanks for dropping by and blessing my lens skeffling. =)

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      Fascinating, never heard of this. I love how that black cat guiltily started miaowing when it knew the owner was there. Well written and researched lens. Blessed.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very interesting! I've met a couple of barking cats... very odd indeed. :)

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @AsianMarketplace: thanks! =D

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      interesting lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is cute. I didn't know that cats barked before. The proof is right here in the videos.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Well, according to my experience, I don´t think cats are trainable. They´re too smart, they prefer to train us to their desires. ;)

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      @GonnaFly: While not proven, it's can call it "copy-catting" LOL! by the way, thanks for the comment. =D

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Most interesting. I thought you were going to say that they were trying to imitate dogs - the best pet ;-)