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Does your cat meow when you sneeze?



 
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lunaguy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:20 am    Post subject: Does your cat meow when you sneeze? Reply with quote

I started noticing that whenever I sneeze, Luna meows at me. Not a loud angry or inquisitive meow, more of a quiet, pathetic-sounding, warbling sort of meow. Almost under her breath, and really quiet!

Well this really freaked me out the other night. She was in her "igloo" covered bed, asleep, when I sneezed about 3 times in a row. Right afterward, I heard what sounded like a faint meow. I looked in her bed, and she was curled up in the fetal position, half upside-down, with her eyes completely shut. Weird, I thought. It must not have been her that I heard.

I sneezed again, and I heard the meow again... it definitely came from her, WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING!

The odd thing is that my wife sneezes much more often than I do, yet Luna doesn't react to that all. My wife now feels like Luna doesn't like her as much as she does me, and is a bit jealous. Mr. Green

So I searched on Google for "cat meows when I sneeze" and I came across several other mentions of this phenomenon. Including these:

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Kub is one of the extraordinary inhabitants of this house that allow me to board with them. Like all cats he has his quirks. He talks a lot and mostly to me. For instance since he was a kitten, he's always perked his ears up, then offers several very loud meows, whenever I sneeze. He even does this while sleeping. I always talk back and say "It's OK, Kub," and he seems satisfied. This reaction to sneezing applies only to me.


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Everytime I sneeze my cat, Luke, meows at me. My other cat, Taffy, meows when I tell him no.


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The only question it didn't answer is why my cat meows when I sneeze


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In relation to our cats, the creatures we have discussed previously, one of them almost always meows when I sneeze, and I’m curious as to what’s going on when this happens.


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in my house the cats share responsibility – milady comes when i cry (never misses) and meows when i sneeze


Aside from thinking that you all would get a kick out of this, I was wondering if your cats meow when you sneeze, and if you have any idea as to why some cats seem to react this way.

Could it be that they are concerned because they think we're hissing at something? A sneeze sort of has a hissing sound, in a way, I guess. Or do they just not like the sudden loud sound?

Looking forward to your thoughts!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: Does your cat meow when you sneeze? Reply with quote

lunaguy wrote:
Could it be that they are concerned because they think we're hissing at something? A sneeze sort of has a hissing sound, in a way, I guess. Or do they just not like the sudden loud sound?

Looking forward to your thoughts!


I think this is the answer although Im not a cat behaviourist.
A cat that we had in the hospital years ago, it wa a very sweet cat, no aggression, was fine letting us take him out of the cage, do the treatments we needed to do, one morning as I went to pick him up and take him out of the cage I sneezed (I usually would try not to sneeze or cough with my head in a cage) but I couldnt stop it, this cat suddenly arched its back and started hissing at me, I think he thought I was hissing at him and maybe threatening him. For the rest of the day I couldnt go near him either in or out of the cage but he was his usual sweet self with everyone else.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting, DeLaUK!

I was doing a little more searching, and came across a couple of other things related to this. One is a poem! Here it is:

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HUMILIATION OF SNEEZING by Anne Johnson
from http://www.thedailymews.com/poems/nocturnalmagic.htm

Oh how I hate to sneeze!
I try to avoid it, you must know that
But when at last I can hold it no more
I'm reprimanded by my cat.

One sneeze he gives an irate meow,
two he meows again.
But when that third sneeze comes along
you would think it a terrible sin.

I'm left feeling guilty and uncouth,
disgusted he stalks away.
Though I apologize again and again.
He'll not listen to what I say.


LOL

And then I found someone else's take on this phenomenon, from http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=289800

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"Other letters this month included a cat's odd reaction to an owner's
sneeze, incessant meowing, and a cat upset about a new dog. My cat,
Seren(dipity), hates it when I sneeze but has never gone so far as to
attack me - she simply says "ack-ack-ack" in imitation of a lion
cough, scolding me for making such a rude sound. In fact, I believe
that to the cat, a human sneeze must sound very much like a feline
SPIT! If the cat thinks her human has SPIT! she may, indeed, take
offense and either scold (like Seren does) or challenge the verbal
threat in other ways."
From http://www.thecatsite.com/cat_behavior/behavior.php?a=march03_3

Makes perfect sense to me. Smile

Hissing and spitting is briefly explained at
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/whydo.html and
http://www.craftycat.co.uk/behaviour/ref/hiss.html is written that
cats mimic hissing and spitting because it resembles that of a snake
which many mammals fear. If you cats think you are "spitting and
hissing" when you sneeze, perhaps they begin acking because they
believe you are hunting prey and, therefore, they will assist with a
chatter.

At http://www.thedailycat.com/happytails/mind/mind_qa/archive/qa_242.html
it is noted that "A cat makes this sound [chatter/ack] when he's very
excited by the sight of prey but knows he doesn't have access to it.
This is his way of relieving his frustration." Perhaps your cats
think that you have prey and they can't have access.

This about cat chattering (acking) from Cat Talk at
http://www.i-love-cats.com/meow/bigsocks/
"Cats will chatter when they are not in pursuit of a prey. Cats have
been known to chatter back at their human when they are caught off
guard or disagree with the human's tone of voice toward them. If your
cat gets in trouble, sometimes, he will chatter back at you, as if in
defense of themselves, saying, "Whatever it is, I didn't do it!"
Chattering, therefore, can be used in offensive or defensive
situations."
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Interesting, after all these years of feeling bad that I upset the cat...I dont feel so bad anymore Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting. I've never heard of that before. My kitties don't do that. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG Cooper does that too! I thought it was just our bond--lol.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is so interesting! Nope, none of our cats react to sneezes. Mr. Green
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