If you own a Maine Coon, you’ll have noticed how vocal they can be.
Sometimes, they’ll follow you around the house talking to you non-stop.
Maine Coons are a talkative cat breed.
They meow just like other cats, but they chirp and trill more than they meow.
Trilling is a sort of combination of meowing and purring.
Trilling is a sign of excitement and happiness.
They love human company and being the social animals they can’t help following you around talking to you.
Usually, cats meow for attention. Adult cats tend to do it less then kittens. However, Maine Coons are a bit different.
Typically, cats purr when they are content, but they purr for a variety of reasons.
Cats have been found to purr when they are anxious, sick, or even when in pain.
The same goes for Maine Coons, but it can be confusing as they can be especially vocally expressive. They even howl!
Sometimes, you’ll notice your Maine Coon’s being more vocal around new people or pets.
It could just be their way of saying “hello” to them and being their usual friendly self, but don’t forget they are cats underneath all that fluffy fur.
They can be just as territorial as any other cat breeds. If it feels its space has been invaded and balance of the household disturbed, you can bet it’ll be expressive of that fact.
You can expect your Maine Coon to keep on talking for the whole day.
It’s not just trying to cry out for your attention and affection like most cats, it’s actually socializing with you.
If you go to work, it interrupts its socializing routine, so it carries on when you return with a greeting followed by its desire to reconnect with you.
You can surely expect to be greeted by your Maine Coon almost every time you pass by it, expect to hear squeaks.
Don’t worry, when it’s really hungry or thirsty, it’ll let you know and you’ll learn to notice its needs quite quickly.
They make these distinct hollow meows when they are communicating their needs.
Maine Coon cats talk.
It’s one of its joys, but sometimes it can talk a little too much for us to keep up.
You can try to make an effort into guessing what’s it trying to say.
However, like most cat owners, your first thought might be wondering what it wants.
You can tend to all its needs, give treats, give it it’s favorite toys or feed it, give fresh water, clean up the litter box, and it’ll still keep talking away.
You can stop getting all worked up trying to figure out what it wants.
Your Maine Coon is just being a Maine Coon. In all likelihood, it just wants your company and nothing more.
It may sure want to play, but sometimes it just wants you to talk back, pet it, and look it in its eyes.
As long as it’s happy, it just wants to bond and connect with you.
Maine Coon cats enjoy a good conversation.
It doesn’t matter if you two don’t understand each other.
Get your Maine Coon kittens some soft toys.
If it doesn’t have its mom about it can drive you crazy with its meowing.
It just wants to snuggle up to its mom. You’re its mom if you adopted it young.
So, having toys the size of its mom will keep it busy and help it calm down.
Most people adore these talkative cats and play along finding it lovable.
You can even have a whole conversation with them.
You might be talking one thing and the cat something else, but it’s a lot of fun.
They can be very affectionate and are intelligent.
Not all Maine Coons understand human speech, but they can pick up on our behavior, mood, words and make associations.
This is one of the reasons why Maine Coons are compared to dogs.
It’s all fun and games until they keep you up at odd hours in the night.
Cats have a reputation for being nocturnal.
Sure enough, they do sleep a lot more in the daytime and they have all this unspent energy when it’s our turn to sleep.
However, they are actually the most active during dawn and dusk. In nature, that’s when their prey is most active.
You could say they are wired that way. If your Maine Coon is keeping you up at night, it’s probably just hungry or wants to play to expend some of that excess energy.
One thing you can do to get good night’s sleep is to make sure you keep it active during the day and keep a tight schedule for its meals.
You can keep your Maine Coon in a closed space like a basement if you want to block out its cries, but don’t forget they are social animals and this sort of isolation could affect their temperament.
Sometimes, they can be very vocal when they see a full moon or anything that catches their interest and excites them.
It can even be a nearby cat that’s on heat.
If you do end up putting your cat in its own space, be sure to give it ample water and maybe even food. Furnish the space with all its favorite toys and have a litter box ready.
They can get lonely and frustrated otherwise. No one likes to be ignored and shunned, so the same goes for your Maine Coon.
You can even give it an item of clothing that belongs to her favorite human companion.
It’ll keep it from becoming lonely. However, if you put it in an unfamiliar environment that’s going to upset it.
Maine Coon cats don’t take well to changes in their environment.
Maine Coons don’t like to be lonely.
It’ll lead a more emotionally healthier life if it has a sibling to snuggle up to when you can’t keep it company.
Maine Coon kittens may meow constantly and only stop when they are held in your arms.
This can be a problem when you have a lot of stuff to do and there is no one else at home.
They’ll adapt to being physically alone as they grow older, but in the meantime, it can seem like having a human baby to tend to all day. You can try to comfort it and get to take a nap.
If you have more than one Maine Coon, you’ll have noticed them talking to each other.
It’s amusing, it actually looks like they are having a very real conversation, doesn’t it?
Cats don’t have a “language” like us humans.
They communicate through behavior and a series of cries, growls, and other noises.
However, some people have sworn that their Maine Coons can really communicate akin to human speech and have a group of “phrases” that convey affection, desire to play as well as need for attention, to communicate it’s hungry and so much more.
Many a Maine Coon owners claim they are almost sure their cats are talking in some way.
Of course, it could be just associations.
They are very intelligent animals and may have figured out that a combination of certain sounds means something.
In that sense they really do talk, don’t they?
It’s been noted that Maine Coons makes different sounds when it’s communicating needs to its typical socializing.
People have noticed it making more aggressive sounds when chasing pests or sometimes even when play hunting.
It makes long growling noises.
It chirps away when it wants attention is engrossed in something.
Some adventurous cat owners have tried mimicking its calls in an attempt to better communicate and have noted their Maine Coons trying to match their owner’s pitch and tone.
Some people have noted that their female Maine Coon tend to be more talkative than the males.
However, most of the time their cats are equally talking up a storm with each other so much that it’s nearly impossible for them to get in a word edgewise.
It’s been suggested that Maine Coons are usually one of the smartest cats in a multi-cat household.
Their intellect shines through.
Sometimes, they do their trills with a combination of soft meows towards their human companions in an attempt to calm or make them happy.
It’s not uncommon to hear people claim they feel that their Maine Coons are very human-like.
This might surprise you a little with all this talk about how talkative Maine Coons are, but some people have noticed that their Maine Coons are not as vocal as other Maine Coons they’ve seen.
Some Maine Coons just aren’t that talkative, it’s nothing to worry about.
However, they’ll speak up when they are in the mood or when something catches their interest.
If you have owned other Maine Coons, it might seem unusual for your new Maine Coon to be uncharacteristically quiet.
Let’s not forget, they are just like us humans.
These fluff balls have their own individual differences and personality.
One Maine Coon might go crazy to get some red meat while another couldn’t care less as long as whatever it’s fed tastes good.
Don’t worry if your Maine Coon is a bit quiet, they become chattier when they feel comfortable around the house.
It can be a lot of fun to see your Maine Coon chirping away at the birds and trying to chase pests.
It can make a lot of unique sounds.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to amuse them, but on the other hand, they get easily frightened by loud noises.
It’s also amusing how small their noises are compared to other cats for such large animals.
People have claimed they wouldn’t be surprised if their Maine Coons were able to roar because of their size.
Over-talking itself is not a result of any medical condition.
If anything, you should be concerned if over-talking can cause medical complications.
Sure, your cat might be talking to you about its day and how it feels on a daily basis.
So much so, it’s hard to notice when it’s trying to communicate some sort of discomfort.
Let’s not forget that it still can’t actually “speak” to us.
There is no cause for concern for its health from over-talking.
It’s a sign it’s energetic and in good health.
Talking all the time is not going to affect its health.
However, if a very chatty Mine Coon suddenly goes quiet for days, then something has changed.
If it’s having a hard time expressing a discomfort it might often become quiet and withdrawn.
If it’s quiet, hardly making any noise, it’s time to go see the vet.
Maine Coons can develop a condition called laryngeal paralysis just like any other cats.
It’s a nerve damage that causes its larynx to stop functioning properly making it hard for them to eat, breathe, or vocalize.
The exact cause of laryngeal paralysis is unknown and is usually a result of trauma to the nerves. It has been found that certain viral infections can cause laryngeal paralysis in which case it’s not permanent.
Regardless, rest assured it’s very rare in cats and does not develop from over-talking.
Cats with conditions like hyperthyroidism can affect its vocals however.
It causes hoarseness in their meows with weight loss. Another cause for hoarseness in its meows could be rabies.
If your cat has gotten into a fight or even gotten in contact with another animal who you suspect may have rabies take your Maine Coon to the vet immediately.
However, incessant and prolonged meowing can cause some hoarseness, but Maine Coons tend to trill more than meow.
Other things that can affect your cat’s vocals are growths. Cats sometimes develop growths around their throat. It can lead to hoarseness or even complete loss of your fluff ball’s meows.
There have been incidents where cats develop throat cancer.
They are prone to vocal cord polyps. Symptoms include ear infections, coughing, and sneezing. Your vet is better equipped to catch it early.
If your Maine Coon is exhibiting unusual behaviors, a trip to the vet can save you a lot of trouble.
If it’s in pain, it’ll try its best to let you know. Be vigilant of its behavioural cues and examine it from time to time while ensuring it has a healthy diet and plenty of clean water to drink.
Maine Coons can be a lot of fun to converse with and most of the time they expect you to talk back to them.
Maine Coons being social animals, and you can make your cat’s day by indulging in a conversation.
Their trills are especially pleasant and they make for good company.
People tend to find very vocal cats annoying, but Maine Coons are an exception. They provide a comforting balance between engagement and good temperament.
What do you think? Aren’t they the best?
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