Cat Growling : What It Means, A Pet Lovers Guide

 Felines are lovely creatures that are often misunderstood. Sometimes, it seems as though they merged from a completely different planet altogether. It’s not only about the fact that we don’t speak meow fluently, its just their nature.

If you’re a pet parent that is finding it difficult to understand your kitty, relax! We have all been there.

As a pet parent, I understand how devastating it can be. You’re trying your very best but are still finding it difficult to get it right. 

Your cat is refusing to play with or snuggle up with you. It isn’t even letting you touch it. That growling can be super scary.

Cats are great predators and can give some scary bite marks that will scar you for a couple of weeks.

What is Growling? 

Any raspy and guttural sound your kitty makes occasionally is called growling. It may sometimes sound like a grunt, but other times it sounds a bit like yowling. It’s all based on the kitty’s mood, its vocal cords and the reason for its actions.

A little hissing often follows the growling. In such cases, cats are giving off what is called double-warning. This type of vocalization might seem weird if the cat is growling at a person or an inanimate object for no apparent reason. 

Why is your cat growling?

The reason for cat growling isn’t that they are just generally grumpy or that they’re trying to be mean to their owners. Here are the most likely causes of cat growling:

1.Cats Growl As A Warning

If you pay attention to your kitty’s body language, you’ll realize some warning signals. Some treacherous signs include tail positioning, bristled fur, ear movement, etc.

Growling as a warning is often accompanied by a particular warning position and bristled fur/tail. Its eyes are completely focused, and its body is alert.

2. Cats growl out of fear

Cats give warning signals like these whenever they do not want to be approached any further. Other times, they’re guarding their territory against a harmless animal on the other side of the window. Sometimes they’re trying to warn their owners to get off their personal space.

Not every form of a warning from your feline furball is an aggressive one or territorial behavior. Cats get scared a lot, and by anything. So your kitty is probably growling out of fear. To make themselves look bigger and dangerous, kitties produce wild sounds while bristling up their fur.

If your feline pal thinks that someone or something will be a threat, it could be growling for fear of getting attacked. If that is the case, there are various techniques you can use in helping out.

3. Cats Growl When Angered Or Annoyed

The most terrible growl you’ll probably hear is when your cat is annoyed. Agitated, vengeful unpredictable, He can cause some damage not only to you but to your home as well. 

When irritated, cats growl at objects, animals and even people. And if the growl becomes more serious, the best thing to do is ‘walk away’.

4. Cats Growl To Show Dominance

Your pet tends to show dominance whenever it is upset by someone or something. Blame it on the natural territorial sense of felines. If the issue persists, you might have to seek the expertise of an animal trainer or behaviorist.

5. Cats Growl When they’re in Physical Pain

Cats do growl out of pain. The same way they’d meow due to pain, a physical wound could make them growl.

 Diseases and injuries such as urinary tract infection and arthritis can cause your cat to growl. This sort of growling usually happens when a person is trying to approach or touch your kitty.

But you might also hear a growl-like sound if your feline furball’s symptoms are getting worse.

Whatever the reason for your cat’s growling may be, do not ever try to punish it.

Instead, find out the reason for its growling. Yelling at or punishing your pet will only anger it more. It might also ruin your bond with your pet and deepen its negative emotions.