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How would you describe the sound cats make?
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/15/13
Obviously, cats can make all sorts of different sounds. In general, though, I see the sound cats commonly make described as "meow" where I'm from. In anime, I see it described as "nyan".

Do you feel one or the other is more accurate, or does it vary? Does it depend on the breed or upbringing? Do cats raised in Japan sound different or do the Japanese hear the sounds differently? Do cats just imitate the people around them to better manipulate them?
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 3/11/15
They make cats say Nya instead of Meow to make it sound cute when people do it. There's no difference other than that. To me cats will always make the sound "meow". When ever I think of "nya" I think of crazy weaboos thinking their cute, trying to be like their favorite character in animes.
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/15/13
nyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyannyan
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24 / F / England
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/15/13
I'd go with Mao or Mew, depending on the cat.

Although, both Meow and Nyan are closer to the sound a cat makes, than Oink or Buu are to the sound a pig makes. Who even first decided pigs say "Oink"?
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/15/13
I once encountered a cat that sounded almost similar like a crow
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M / Fort Bragg, NC
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/15/13
NNNNNNNGAAAEURRRQJFLAEOPPPPPPPQOURUUUUUUUUUUUUUFFFFFFUOVNANGNGNGAW~~!!
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54 / M / In
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/16/13
my cat doesn't purr he snorts
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48 / M / Bay Area, CA, USA
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/16/13
Might be a function of the language itself of the region or people group in question. The standard word is "meow" in English, "miaou" in French, にゃん or にゃー in Japanese, 咪咪 (mi-mi) in Mandarin Chinese. Per my wife, who's Korean, it's something like "ya-ong"(?) in Korean. Can't say I've done a study, but I think that cats on the whole sound more or less the same wherever you go-- how the local humans represent the sound in the local language is what varies.
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34 / M / New Orleans
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Posted 12/15/13 , edited 12/16/13
Most cats I have been around including the one next to me make more of a R sound then a M sound so I would probably say Reow Although sometimes it kind of sounds more like a Y or E sound like Eow. Then other times I swear that they actually are trying to form words.
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29 / M / South Florida
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 4/20/15
What does the cat say?

Pow pow, pow, pow pow pah pow pow. Pa-pow pow pow, pow pa-pow!
Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
Cats purr, have always purred & will always purr as far as I'm concerned
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49 / M / Upstate NY
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
I chose other..

My one very opinionated cats does a ..... rawr

other two almost the same but not quite as distinct
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/17/13
Annoying, that is how I describe it, especially when they will not keep themselves quiet.
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49 / M / Upstate NY
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/17/13

Siozae wrote:

Annoying, that is how I describe it, especially when they will not keep themselves quiet.


And that is how the cat describes you when you talk!
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Posted 12/17/13 , edited 12/17/13
I always thought of it as a 'mew' or 'mow' sound...

Where the hell did we get meow?
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