What Does That Meow Mean?

Cat meowing Cats make a lot of noises – some endearing, some scary, some simply strange. Their vocalisations are varied and can mean any number of things, exhibiting much more complexity than the vocalisations of a dog. Being attentive to your cat’s vocalisations can help develop your relationship and keep you in tune with each other’s feelings. Here are a few examples to get you going!


Your Cat is Happy!


One endearing vocalisation of cats is an ongoing rumbling, almost engine-like purr. This is generally a sign of contentment, exhibited when your cat is receiving pats, physical affection or the warm spot on your lap. While it may seem a strange noise for new cat owners – don’t fear! Your cat is in fine humour.

Your Cat Wants Attention!


This is the sound that everyone knows, the one we are all taught to associate with cats when we are little. Did you know that it’s only domestic cats that continue to meow into adulthood? Originally a mechanism of calling attention from their mothers, wild cats grow out of this habit as they mature and age. However, domestic cats get used to having a human look after them for life and will meow for attention, when they’re hungry or to simply foster contact. The nature of the meow might give a clue as to what the cat wants. If it’s around regular dinner time, it’s not hard to guess what it means, but meows may also indicate distress, loneliness or injury. Older cats are more prone to meowing as they become less independent.

Your Cat Is Not So Happy…

The Hiss

The hiss is another one of those unmistakable cat noises and we generally know the meaning of it. Hissing indicates a feeling of threat or danger and a willingness to strike. It is often accompanied by defensive or poised body language, such as bared fangs, an arched back and puffed up hair.

Some cats are more prone to this behaviour than others and it will often indicate the level of comfort a cat has in its surroundings. Those cats who have suffered trauma in their youth will often more readily hiss as a sign of ongoing anxiety or defensiveness.

Your Cat is Concerned about Something

Chattering Teeth

Cats will sometimes make a chattering noise with their teeth, particularly when eyeing prey that they can’t reach. It is thought to indicate a predatory excitement. If your cat displays this, maybe distract them with a toy mouse.

Yowl/Moaning Sound

This is a drawn out meow that indicates worry or discomfort. It is used towards other cats alternatively to indicate sexual desire or to express unhappiness with another cat on their territory. Context is the key to understanding this sound so try and connect it to any changes in circumstances that might be upsetting your cat.

Contact the Pet Experts

We at Floreat Veterinary Centre know what quirky creatures cats can be. If your cat is exhibiting strange vocalisations, or seems otherwise uncomfortable, bring them in for a check up so we can figure out what’s causing the discomfort. Our team have the experience and know-how to get your cat purring as much as possible!

Understanding Dental Hygiene for Dogs

Terrier holding toothbrush in mouth

Most of us realise the importance of keeping our dental hygiene in top condition. Brushing our teeth is drummed into us at an early age – so much so that we often don’t think about it. The problem occurs when we don’t think about it enough when it comes to our beloved dogs.

According to the Australian and American Veterinary Dental Societies, more than 80% of dogs will develop gum disease by age three. The team here at Floreat Veterinary Centre is here to give you a quick overview of the essentials of Doggy dental care.


Keeping Up-to-Date with Vaccinations

Everyone knows the benefits of vaccinations in humans and the same goes for your pets. You wouldn’t want your pet to get a disease that could have been prevented because you didn’t organise a vaccination. Vaccinations not only prevent certain diseases from occurring, they also contain diseases so they don’t spread and cause problems for other animals and humans. Diseases can also lead to other nasty health complications. That’s why it’s important to keep up-to-date with your pet’s vaccinations! Luckily, it’s quick and easy to do, and the team at Floreat Veterinary Centre can make the procedure as simple and painless as possible for you and your pet!


Everything You Need to Know about Microchipping

As pet lovers ourselves, we here at Floreat Veterinary Centre know what a tragedy it would be for a pet to go missing. Most owners won’t have to suffer losing their furry loved one, but sadly, many still do. We’re having a look at the importance of microchipping your beloved animal.


Top Tips for Looking After Older Pets

Just like you, your pets needs will change as they grow older. Ageing may occur at different stages according to breeds and types. But as a general rule, a dog or cat over the age of seven years is generally considered a senior pet and can start to slow down. Knowing how to adapt to your pet’s changing lifestyle can be daunting. If in doubt, always contact your nearest vet centre, but the following tips will give you some helpful guidance.


The Benefits of Professional Pet Grooming

We all know that we should probably take our pet for a professional groom, but what does grooming really do to our pet besides make them look pretty and smell nice?


5 most common pet emergencies


It can be frightening to see your pet injured or suffering, especially if you’re unsure whether the situation should be considered an emergency or not. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian or visit your nearest vet hospital in Perth and Floreat.





The Secrets of Successful Puppy Toilet Training


Toilet training is one of the main challenges owners face when they adopt a new puppy.  It’s an all too familiar scenario: your puppy is exploring the house, you turn around for a moment and when you look back there’s a conspicuous yellow puddle on the carpet. But it’s not as daunting as it first may seem. The keys to successful puppy toilet training are consistency, commitment and willpower.

To make it easier for you, we’ve come up with four basic puppy toilet training steps. Follow these and you’ll reap success.



The Importance of an Annual Health Check for Your Pet


Making sure your pet is healthy is a very important part of taking care of them. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) recommends that dogs and cats have check-ups annually, at least. Why? Well, although you may think your pet is well, animals can’t talk to us (we know, it’s a shame) and they don’t always show symptoms of sickness. Regular visits to the vet are important not only for vaccinations but because they can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatments of issues. Still unsure? Here are five more reasons why.




How to Make Your Pet Feel Comfortable at the Vet


Does your pet refuse to get in the carrier or shake with anticipation when you utter the ‘v’ word? For some pets and their owners, a visit to the vet can be a stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five simple steps to make the whole experience more enjoyable. If you follow these, you’ll have your pet relaxed and loving trips to the vet in no time.