Cat-English Dictionary of Common Phrases

    Ever wonder what your cat is saying? Here is a translation of some common phrases. It is not in alphabetical order; instead, it takes concepts and progresses through them from simple to complex. Why? It helps you to translate from cat if you understand a bit about how cats think.

    Miaow Feed me.
    Meeow Pet me.
    Mrooww I love you.
    Miioo-oo-oo I am in love and must meet my lover outside beneath the hedge. Don't wait up.
    Mrow I feel like making noise.
    Rrrow-mawww The time has come for you to tidy the cat box.
    Rrrow-miawww I have remedied the cat box untidiness by shoveling the contents as far out of the box as was practical.
    Miaowmiaow Play with me.
    Miaowmioaw Have you noticed the shortage of available cat toys in this room?
    Mioawmioaw Since I can find nothing better to play with, I shall see what happens when I sharpen my claws on this handy piece of furniture.
    Raowwwww I think I shall now spend time licking the most private parts of my anatomy.
    Mrowwwww I am now recalling, with sorrow, that some of my private parts did not return with me from that visit to the vet.
    Roww-maww-roww I am so glad to see that you have returned home with both arms full of groceries. I will now rub myself against your legs and attempt to trip you as you walk towards the kitchen.
    Gakk-ak-ak My digestive passages seem to have formed a hairball. Wherever could this have come from? I shall leave it here upon the carpeting.
    Mwwwow That grass looks delicious.
    Akk-ak-ak I have had enough grass for now.
    Mow Snuggling is a good idea.
    Moww Shedding is pretty good too.
    Mowww! I was enjoying snuggling and shedding in the warm clean laundry until you removed me so unkindly.
    Miaow! Miaow! I have discovered that, although one may be able to wedge his body through the gap behind the stove and into that little drawer filled with pots and pans, the reverse path is slightly more difficult to navigate.
    Mraakk! Oh, small bird! Please come over here.
    ssssRoww! I believe that I have found a woodchuck or similar animal.
    Mmmrowmmm It is certain that the best tasting fish is one you have caught yourself.
    Mmmmmmmm If I sit in the sunshine for another hour or so, I think I shall be satisfied.
    Mreoaw Please ask room service to send up another can of tunafish.
    Mreeeow? Do you serve catnip with that?
    Mroow I have forced my body into a tiny space in order to look cute. How'm I doin'?
    Miaooww! Mriaow! Since you are using the can opener, I am certain that you understand the value of a well-fed and pampered cat. Please continue.

    As you can see, it may take years of practice to be able to accurately distinguish some of these forms.

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