Just like humans, cats too produce sounds when resting, sleeping, or even when playing. In the past, people used to think that cats only meow, but that’s not the case. Cats produce various sounds, and every sound comes with meaning. Why does my cut grunt? This is a common question with many cat owners, but the good news is that this article will give you possible reasons on why your cat grunts. Read on for more.
Cats aren’t heavy sleepers
Cats usually grunt when sleeping. Since they are not heavy sleepers, but even as they sleep, you might think that they are asleep but part of their body remains on, and that is why you might hear them grunting. The reason why they make sounds when sleeping is that even as they sleep their brains are still awake.
Since cats make noises when sleeping, maybe they are dreaming. Just like humans, when dreaming of something frightening or running from something, they can make noises. As they grunt in their sleep, they usually twitch their legs and tail. At such times, you should not wake them up but instead leave them to finish their grunting business.
Grunting depends on the kind of dreams the cat is having
When a cat is sleeping, they make noises that usually do not sound like a happy cat. In most cases, they grunt in an angry tone, meaning that the dream is not so good. However, at times they might grant happy sounds like those that they make when playing. While this form of grunting may seem strange, we should not forget that cats are hunters naturally. What a cat is doing when grunting is sorting out her actions on how to run after prey, and their minds do them justice by reminding them even when they are asleep.
Is your cat overweight?
Overweight cats grunt more often than an average size cat. Obese cats can even make sounds with their eyes wide open. While that should not become an immediate health concern, obesity is a condition that might lead to various health complications. Make sure you take the cat to your vet to make sure he is not having trouble breathing due to his weight.
If he sees something strange
A cat may choose to make a sound if he notices something strange around him. For example, if a cat sees another cat or a stranger in their compound, they may grunt as a way of trying to make sure that the stranger in the house notices him.
A way of communication
Cats may grunt as a way of communicating with humans as well as other cats. For example, your cat may grunt if in need of food if he notices that you are talking long to feed him. He must grunt to remind you that he is still there. Also, a cat may grunt to show affection to other cats, greeting them, or on their social time. However, a cat may even grunt to keep an unwanted cat away from his territory.
Cats may grunt to portray aggression; if something goes wrong; however, he can also grunt when sick, scared, or injured. If you happen to hear your cat grunt continuously, it is always good to check and know what is wrong. If you notice that the cat is not doing well, it is still good to visit the vet for diagnosis.
Cats are man’s best friend, but at times they bore us with their non-stop grunting. While a cat may grunt for many reasons, it is always good to try to understand your cat’s grunting habit to know when he is right and when he is not. That way, you can know what action to take to stop the granting if it is not necessary.