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You! You kids!

Dinah.
This afternoon Dinah went up to the front door and chittered. She did not meow, softly as she does now, being sixteen years old and much of her voice gone. She chittered, a sound she makes only when a moth has entered the room, or her arthritis medicine is working for her and we pull out the laser.

I wondered what caused her to do that, so I looked out the window. A pair of ravens were on the grass outside, digging at the ground and looking simultaneously ominous and coy. "Do you want to go out?" I asked. She knows what that sound sequence means and butted her head up against the door.

I opened it and she stepped out onto the front stoop and in the loudest voice her aging throat could muster, growled at them. It was quite the sound; I don't believe I've ever heard anything like it.

I do believe I've now heard the feline equivalent of "Get off my lawn!"

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tehrasha From: tehrasha Date: November 15th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
A cat's true GROWL (not the warning merowl they use on each other) can be a very disturbing sound indeed. Especially if you are holding the cat at the time!
spiralsong From: spiralsong Date: November 15th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of all the vocalizations a cat can make, I find the chitter to be the best. It is my absolute favorite. My kitties are indoor-only, and they do that out the window several times a week.

I used to call it 'singing the "I-really-really-really-want-that" song.'
mg4h From: mg4h Date: November 15th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. How's she doing?

And I love sic'ing my oldest cat Hex on the squirrels on the deck. He can't quite catch them, but he gives them a good scare, and feels quite proud of himself for it.
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