Meaning of barking and meowing

The meowing of cats, the barking of dogs or the sounds of your rabbit can tell us a lot about them and their mood. Would you like to understand them?


20 March 2019


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In the case of dogs it is evident that each bark is different and informs us of the emotional state of the dog. We just have to look a little at our pet to understand their reactions. But dogs don't only communicate by barking, but they have a repertoire which includes growling, howling, snorting, moaning, screaming, gasping and sighing.

To know exactly why a dog barks we must also observe its body language, especially the position of the tail and ears.

There are some basic barks that should be known:

-Territorial: strong and repetitive barking with which an animal seeks to scare an intruder.

-Warning/alarm: serious barking and spacing to warn of any danger.

-For fear: short and sharp bark which the dog makes, driving away a threat.

-To play: this is a repetitive and sharp bark to invite someone to play.

-To call attention: sharp, insistent and repetitive barking.

-Out of frustration: compulsive barking, high tone, in moments of anxiety.

-Out of excitement: high, steady and rhythmic barking. Denotes that they are happy.

But, did you know that barking can be trained? Although this is training that must be carried out with a dog trained, since we must do it well to avoid confusing the dog, we can get a dog 'barker' to regulate their barking with training. In this way, the dog will bark or stop barking at our command.


Cats also communicate with humans and other animals through meowing. In fact, mother cats use a meow to communicate with their young and this is how they learn to communicate orally.

To understand the meows of our cat we must be attentive to their duration, intonation and intensity. In addition to the meow, cats also communicates through other sounds such as the purr, with which they lets us know that they are at ease, or the growl.

 These are the basic keys to differentiating meows:

-According to the recipient: cats are directed to other cats with a loud meow, but use a softer meow to address people.

-As a request: when the cat wants to ask us something (food, water, leave the room...) it uses a soft short meow.

-Greetings: with a soft meow.  

-Out of zeal: they are constant, long and very strong.


Although rabbits mainly communicate with body language, they also have the ability to emit a range of sounds very varied. Observing them is important to know their needs.

One of the most common sounds is snorting. In unsterilised male rabbits it is a mating signal, while in sterilised rabbits, whether males or females, it indicates enthusiasm. If you have a rabbit, you will have seen it snort when you go to feed it.

 Other sounds are: the cry when they are in danger; the grinding of teeth when they are at ease; kicking with hind legs to warn of a danger or the snarling of unsterilised females to defend their territory.


If there are any animals which make us happy with their songs, they are birds. Through this sound, they communicate with other birds. Although it is unknown exactly what the meaning of birdsong is, the truth is that listening to it is always cause for joy.