Vocalization in the Cat and Kitten

Dev Psychobiol. 1978 Nov;11(6):559-70. doi: 10.1002/dev.420110605.


Vocal responses of kittens and mature cats were recorded in a variety of standard behavioral situations. Sonographic analysis of these responses showed similarities of responses obtained repeatedly from different cats within each recording situation. Marked differences in response patterns were noted in different recording situations. The kitten and cat vocal repertoires thus include a variety of specific responses to particular motivational or behavioral circumstances.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Cats
  • Maternal Deprivation
  • Motivation
  • Vocalization, Animal*