All of Kitties Blue have a variety of meows, depending on how insistent they want to be in demanding our attention. Most of the time I know who is complaining even when I’m in a different room. Fiona, Giulietta and Astrid are pretty good at imitating each other, however, and fool me on ocassion.
Feeding time and demands to go outside bring the loudest and most persistent meowing or “meyowling” as I like to call it.
Barking Out Demands
Lily Olivia, however, possesses a unique ability to let us know when she has lost patience with our lolly-gagging and wants her demand met NOW! She barks! We don’t know where she learned this trick, but it is effective. I jump when I hear this. It is her final warning prior to a complete meltdown with growling, hissing, biting and scratching. The human body part attacked depends on if she is at the door demanding to go outside, on the kitchen counter waiting for breakfast or dinner or ticked off at a human or feline for trying to usurp her nice warm spot in bed. If another kitty is hovering, she will be the recipient of Lily Olivia’s wrath.
Lily, however, is not the only kitty with dog-like qualities. Though he cannot bark, Mauricio does possess other dog mannerisms (his signature talent is playing fetch) according to Mary Jane, his best human friend and mommy to a Jack Russell Terrier. Now Mary Jane has been my friend for more than 25 years (now 36 years in 2023), but when she comes to visit, I am forced to compete with Mauricio for her attention. He comes running the minute he sees her. Though, he does not greet her with his tongue hanging out or his tail wagging, he bugs her the entire time she is here. He’s nudging with his head to get petted, rolling around and exposing his tummy for rubbing and generally making a nuisance of himself.
Mauricio is an overly friendly guy who loves to show off, beg unceasingly for attention and pose for photos. His fondness for Mary Jane, however, goes well beyond the childlike “look-at-me” demand. She is just as devoted to him. If he is engaged outside in cat activities, he will sometimes miss Mary Jane’s visit, which is always a disappointment to her. A couple of days ago when she dropped me off after having lunch together, he came trotting across the neighbor’s yard just in time for her to see him before she drove off. Such an accommodating guy!
Acting Like Cats
All the other kitties, besides some of the head-under-the-hand nudging activity, act like cats…indifferent at times, pesky and demanding at others or asleep for the better part of each day and night.
I have never had a barking cat. I have a few that growl like dogs. 🙂 XO
Some of our Meezer Angels had very doglike characteristics, too. A few of them learned tricks, and two of them were fetch kitties. Four of the six, learned to be with our dog, two came in as kittens, others were there when MJF arrived, teeny as a kitten, and Angel Toki decided MJF was his purrsonal heating pad, LOL!
Strangely while Angel Pipo knew some tricks, he never learned to like any of the doggies! He whapped them all, even if they were not paying him any attention!
Don’t think any of them barked…LOL! Though meezers do have very raucous merowling a times.
Your Angel Lily Olivia sure was a character!!
None of us “bark” but we sure make our opinions known. So nice to see Angel Mau. Raz plays fetch with his mousie too!
The Florida Furkids with love and whisker kisses to Sawyer from Noelle
Hmmm, I’m afraid I might seriously hurt — pure reaction — a cat or dog who attacked me. Lily Olivia is lucky that you’re her mom. Wish you could get a recording of her barking, though. Would love to hear that!
Mary Jane must be a cat whisperer…or secretly carrying catnip in her pocket!
That story was different and fun! Still smilin g. Wish you could ever have gotten a recording of that,
We absolutely cannot imagine the fun and games at your kitty shelter/house! Mauricio sounds like the most adorable kitty EVER. But of course, we are cousins, so what do you expect from a Tuxie, He is so cute!!! I think I’m in love again.
Well Mom says I have quite a repertoire of sounds but I’ve never barked. Maybe I could if I tried? My favorite way of eliciting a pet is the old-fashioned but effective “leg bump hug”. Nobody can resist that one – even the neighbors who are “dog people” !!
Over the years I’ve been amazed at thebvaried sounds our cats would make, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bark-like sound. Quite unique!
A busy house full of kitties! Nice stories too. I adopted a stray as a teenager, with permission from my parents, who used to follow me on walks like a dog. I loved it! Then she grew up and began acting like a cat. She didn’t need me anymore. At least not the same amount. 🙂 We really are enjoying the new kitty in our house. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
Tina – American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa
Love these pictures! Your description of Lily Olivia barking is hilarious. It is so cute to read how excited Mauricio gets when Mary Jane comes over.