Why Do Cats Chirp?

Why do cats chirp? I have wondered about that for a long time. My ginger tabby chirps all the time! Sometimes I think he is saying hello to me. Other times I think he is asking me questions. And sometimes I think he just wants to chat. Who knows? So I decided to investigate to find out some answers and this is what I found out below.

Why Do Cats Chirp? A Couple Reasons

According to the Humane Society in the US one reason for cats chirping is that it is ” how a mother cat tells their kittens to follow them. Aimed at you, it probably means your cat wants you to follow them, usually to their food bowl. If you have more than one cat, you’ll often hear them converse with each other this way.”

This makes sense to me because my cat always chirps at us when he is hungry and he wants us to follow him to his dish and watch him eat.

The website Dodo quotes Dr. Erika Loftin, veterinarian and critical care specialist at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital who gives another reasons for cats chirping. She says, “Generally, cat chirping occurs when a cat is interested in or provoked by prey – a bird, a squirrel or a rodent, for example. It’s more of an excited sound and less of a sound used to hunt. It seems to be universal to cats of all ages and breeds. Even wild cats can make this sound.”

This also sounds logical as my cat seems to chirp when he is in a good mood and when he sees different animals go by the window. Also, at times he seems to have an inquisitive look on his face when is doing it and makes sense this means that he is interested in something.


When you see your cat chirp, it is a good thing. From the above, it seems they do it when they are excited, interested in something or even when they are hungry. All these things are positives in a feline’s life. So if your cat is doing this a lot, pat yourself on the back because you are definitely doing something right because you have a happy cat. Stay safe cat lovers.