Cats are naturally vocal, no matter their breed. However, some breeds are more vocal than others, either to the dismay or pleasure of their owners. Catcalls come in a variety of octaves, sounds, and volumes. Some are annoying, while others seem calming. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most vocal cat breeds so you can avoid or seek them out, depending on your preferences.
1. The Siamese
Not only is this cat breed known for demanding constant attention from their human family members, but they are also famous for their relentless talking. Some say that they will meow when they wake up in the morning, when they get excited, when they want to get petted, when they are hungry, and for just about any other reason that you can think of.
Luckily, they are smart. Therefore, they can be trained not to meow so much. However, their natural tendency to meow may make training a little tougher than for the average cat. Overall, these beautiful cats are loving, attentive, playful, and easy-going — aside from their meowing — which makes them lovely family companions overall.
2. The Bengal
This is a beautiful cat breed that not only likes to meow but is also really loud. They can behave like watchdogs by meowing when strangers approach the door. They may meow when they know that it’s mealtime. They will meow if you don’t provide them with enough attention.
But with daily attention and exercise, these are loving cats that can fit into quiet households with or without kids. Feathery toys, treat balls, and puzzle feeders can help distract them and keep them from wanting to meow around the house.
3. The Turkish Van
Beautiful and adoring, the Turkish Van cat is a talkative breed that has a medium-length coat that is easy to maintain. This is a rare breed that was developed in the United Kingdom to have a white body with coloring on the head and tail only. These cats love to meow just about any chance they can get, but they won’t keep you up all night in favor of snuggling up in the bed with you.
Their playful expression makes their meowing all that much more dramatic, but their melodic sound makes it easy for their owner to get used to their talking. Also, you won’t find many neighbors in your community — if any — who own such a prestigious cat.
4. The Japanese Bobtail
As their name suggests, this cat breed comes with a bobbed tail and a furry, adorable appearance that would be hard for anyone to deny. These cats love to meow, but their sound is quiet and subtle, making their talkative nature forgiving to most humans. They have a playful nature, a fearless sense of curiosity, and a penchant for petting.
These lovable cats don’t meow as much as the others on this list, but they do talk enough that most owners note the trait when speaking to friends and family about them.
5. The Turkish Angora
Hailing from Turkey, this cat breed has luxurious hair that requires regular maintenance to keep shedding and matting to a minimum. Their tails are fluffier than their bodies, and their cute little heads make them look like kittens throughout adulthood. Unlike most other cat breeds, this one likes to take a swim or have a bath every so often.
These cats are medium-sized and display a well-balanced body that is agile and graceful. They would rather lay in your lap than look out the window, but when they do get bored and get a glimpse of the outdoors, you can count on them to give you a play by play in meow language.
6. The Ocicat
Though these cats look wild, they are fully domesticated and do not share any DNA with any wild cat breeds. This doesn’t stop them from yowling like a bobcat might in the wild, which may lend to the myth that they’re from a wild bloodline. These are docile cats that would prefer snuggling up in a bed rather than hiding under a tree outside.
However, they do love their hunting time and wouldn’t be happy if left to live inside 24 hours a day. They’ll let you know with a yowl whenever they need water, food, or attention or if they simply want to alert you to a situation that they think is important.
7. The Siberian
This is an ancient breed that exudes confidence, compassion, and independence at any given time. Their compact faces are adorable, but their large and robust bodies make them look mischievous. However, they are loving overall, and they don’t tend to need as much attention as many of the other breeds on this list.
If there is one thing that owners note about their Siberian cats, it’s that they really like to talk. They will wake you up with a meow if you let them, and they won’t hesitate to talk during the day, whether you are home or not.
8. The Burmese
The Burmese kitty is a medium-sized cat that can weigh up to 13 pounds (unless they are overweight!) and can live to be up to 17 years old. They have a loving attitude and alert temperament that makes them great watch cats while you’re at home. You will always know when someone is coming to the door, thanks to the protective and talkative nature of this cat breed.
These cats tend to meow when they get bored too. But when a great deal of excitement is happening or life changes are brewing, they’re known for hiding under the furniture and keeping their mouths shut. Whether they are talking or not, there is no doubt that these cats are adorable.
9. The Maine Coon
This is considered the largest cat breed in domestication and is renowned as an effective hunter. These cats are named after the North American state, Maine, due to their high concentration and popularity there. They sport long hair and a double coat, which requires brushing or combing several times a week to keep in check.
They are elegant, they are loving, and they love to sleep. But they also like to talk. Their meows can be alarming because you never know when they will come. Keeping these cats well hydrated, fed, and entertained helps keep their talking under control.
10. The Peterbald
Sometimes compared to the Sphinx, this unique cat breed is of Russian descent and comes in a few different variations, from completely bald to coats of short hair. The first two years of their life can bring about significant hair changes. Those born with hair may lose it all or develop a thicker coat. Those born without hair might end up being the furriest of them all.
The Peterbald is super easy to groom, and they don’t mind spending time alone throughout the day. But they will make up for their time spent alone with long talking sessions among family members as soon as they start arriving home.
These are the most vocal cats known to man, but this is not an exhaustive list by far. Keep in mind that all cats seem to like meowing, whether they need attention or want to improve their quality of life. Sometimes cats just meow because they feel like it. Which cat breed is your favorite vocal feline? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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