Is it odd that kittens don't meow?

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
August 13, 2007 2:15am CST
We found 3 kittens about a month ago that their mother was dead and they were milking on her still. We took them in and they are all doing great. I realized this weekend that I have never heard any of them meow. Is that odd? Could it be because their mother didn't teach them? My older cats do meow but not enough that it would teach the kittens. Is meowing not an instinct thing in cats? I am just curious if anyone knows the answer to all this.
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@kage2k3 (1444)
• India
13 Aug 07
no i dont think its odd. My uncle has got some cats and it doesn't meow often. It only meows when very angry.
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• China
13 Aug 07
I am sure cat can meow when they were born.maybe they just don't like to do it .you should make them wanna.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
14 Aug 07
First, well done for taking care of the kittens. It might be that they don't meow because you are taking such good care of them :) A kitten will usually only meow to attract the attention of it's mother and of course you're mother now and if you are giving them all the attention that they need, then they have no need to meow. Just a thought. :)
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Never thought of it that way. Yes they do get a lot of attention.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
22 Aug 07
None of my cats meowed when they were kittens. They made this sort of yipping sound and purred a lot. My youngest cat didn't really start meowing until he was about 3 years old.
• United States
18 Aug 07
Cats that are wild (ferral) don't meow like domestic cats. It isn't natural for them to do so; cats that live in the house with us will make noise because they learn it from us - we talk so they are trying to talk and get our attention. Most likely the kittens never needed to make noise, mom was always there to support them and it wouldn't be a good idea for animal babies in the wild to make noise when mom isn't around because it could attract predators. If you want them to meow you could make "kittie" noises while you are handling them and they may or may not pick up on it. My mom had a cat that was given to her many years ago and she never meowed but a couple of times the entire time my mom had her. The cat, Bobbie, would even get herself locked in a closet or drawer for the whole day because she would sneak in and get trapped and not make any noise to let my mom know she was in there. It became a big joke to my mom, Bobbie playing hide and seek.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Both of my cats are vocal. They talk a lot. Sometimes I think they meow just to meow. I have never heard of a kitten that didn't meow at all. I know some meow a lot and some meow a little. And some of physically incapable of meowing and only purr or huff. My sister's cat used to get allergies and he would meow only nothing would come out. But to have three kittens that don't meow, that interesting. If you want them to talk you could try meowing at them to teach them to meow?
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I couldn't tell you if something is wrong with your kittens for not meowing or if their mother didn't teach them to meow. But I love a cat that doesn't meow a lot. We had been given a kitten and I don't think she meowed over a dozen times in her life time. When she wanted something she would just set and stare at you If she was hungry and her food or water dish was empty she would just set and stare at you untill you could feel her eyes boaring through you. but if you continued to ignore her she would then let out a soft mew. She had a batch of kittens and we kept one but he didn't meow eithrt. If he wanted something he would gently crawl your leg and get a little more agressive if you continued to ignore him. we had to put them both to sleep. we now have a cat that when she want fed or water she rams her head into your leg until she get what she wants.