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Cat never meowed

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Hi, I have 2 cats, they are brothers. One meows all the time, the other has never meowed. Is this common?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Elena Marie replied 11 years ago.

This can be fairly common. I have two little black cats, for ten years now. One meows all the time, especially when it is time to eat. The other one only meows when he is feeling poorly. 

If the one that doesn't meow is eating okay, and his teeth look okay, and his breath is not bad, I wouldn't worry too much. Has he ever screamed if you stepped on his tail, or anything like that?

Some cats are not vocal. I have one cat that I have heard purr only ONE time! In three years! Some of my other cats purr immediately when you pet them. So, cats can all be different.

If you think that something is wrong, just ask your vet next time you are there, or give them a call.

Maybe the one brother figures that he may as well not meow, since his brother does enough for them both. :)

God bless and good luck! 

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Elena Marie's Post: Thanks for your answer. My cats both are healthy, good teeth, eat good, no bad breath. Both weigh close to 20 lbs. a piece. I just never heard of a cat that never meowed. Not even a scream when stepping on his tail. I always forget to ask the Vet. He purr's fine. Well, thanks for you help. I guess it's nothing to worry about then.
   Thanks, Lois
Expert:  Elena Marie replied 11 years ago.

Hi Again,

One thing that is interesting you may try, is to talk to your cat, looking him right in his eyes. Meow to him. Also, whistle to him. I get a couple of my cats to purr and meow VERY LOUDLY, when I whistle. Whether it hurts their ears, or something, I don't know. I don't whistle well, but a couple come running and meowing to me when I whistle.

You might check out the following site also:

Your cat is probably fine. Just check it out next time with your vet. There is always the possibility that your cat could have been born that way, or possibly be deaf?

God bless and good luck!

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