It starts with COMMUNICATING PURR-FECTLY.If you’re a cat parent, you know firsthand that cats are vocal creatures. But do you know what all that purring is about? I bet you are about to pounce on the idea that that soothing purr sound suggests that your feline friend is purr-fectly content. You may be right—or not. Your cat’s vocalization can mean many different things and understanding it is the key to good communication.When your cat purrs, it is most definitely expressing a feline. I mean feeling. The low-frequency vibrations in its purr can reduce stress in both humans and animals. Many people find the sound quite calming as well as comforting. Purring can be a sign of your cat’s contentment and happiness. If the rumble is pouring out of them while you’re petting or scratching them, chances are that it’s pleasing to them. Or if you hear the tonal fluttering sound as they snuggle up next to you while you’re watching a good movie like A Whisker Away or A Street Cat Named Bob, they’re probably enjoying it, as well.But not all purring is positive. Much of what they’re expressing has to do with their purr-sonality. Ahem! Some cats purr when they’re anxious or stressed as a way to self-soothe. Excessive purring can mean they’re highly agitated and might even require a trip to the vet to find out what’s bothering them.And what about all the other cat-cophony of sounds?Meowing is usually a way to demand attention. Cats use it to ask for food, water, or attention. The louder the meowing, the more urgent their request usually is. Meowing, like purring, can also be a way for cats to express affection, letting you know you’re alright with them. And who doesn’t want to please their cat?What about all that whining? You thought that was reserved for ornery toddlers, didn’t you? Cats, too, can have off days and whining can be a sign they’re stressed or agitated just like meowing.But the sound of all sounds—the one that sends many people running for the door or claiming their dog people—is the cat’s hiss. Hissing is the sound our feline fur babies make when they’re feeling threatened or angry. Hissed is pissed. And when a cat is pissed, it’s best to back off and give them their space. Show them some respect.As independent and aloof as cats can be, always remember that they are great communicators if you are tuned in. And it goes beyond what comes out of their little pussycat mouths. They can crouch down, expose their bellies, or rub their heads against you—all gestures to solicit attention, often letting you know it’s time for a treat. And there’s no doubt that if they could purse their pussycat mouths and form words, they’d ask for Balanced Breed All-In-One cat multivitamin. Balanced Breed is packed with USA-sourced ingredients and naturally cold pressed to preserve all the nutrients.Whether you have a tortoiseshell, tabby, calico, or alley cat, open your ears, and listen. Your feline friend is communicating—purr-fectly.