Second Chance: Chirping Cats, Feline Sounds Beyond Meow & Purr + Updates!

Second Chance: Chirping Cats, Feline Sounds Beyond Meow & Purr + Updates!

Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center (SCHS) and Thrift Shops have been serving San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose Counties since 1994. The shelter is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 5:30pm. Community veterinary services are available by appointment.

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Chirping, chirruping, trilling, chattering… all words to describe sounds many cats make that are very different from a meow or a purr. In fact, cats have a whole repertoire of sounds that they use to express different feelings and desires. Aside from birds, cats have the widest range of vocalizations of all domestic animals. Chirping is a great way cats show their excitement or enthusiasm about the world around them. It’s a sound that is made by all felines, domesticated and wild.

The most common reason a cat chirps is to greet. If your cat chirps and trills at you when you get home, she is saying hello  and is excited and happy to see you. You’ll probably notice that your cat is relaxed, walking around, or even rubbing against your legs. She may be chirping to get you to feed or play with her. Cats may also greet each other or other pets in the household with a chirp.

Cat chirping often happens when a cat stands guard at the window, observing the bird feeder or the squirrels on the fence. In addition to the chirp, you may hear some rhythmic clicks or chatter as well. Although it sounds like a bird sound, he will also chirp at squirrels and other prey.

You may also hear it during play sessions with cat toys. This type of chirping seems to occur when hunting instincts are triggered. Sometimes frustration is why and when chirping happens. A cat would spot, stalk, and hunt his prey in the wild. But indoor cats are obviously deterred by windows. The longer the feline stares at a bird he cannot get to, the more his chirping may increase.

The origin of these sounds may come from kittenhood. Mother cats chirp to their nursing kittens to comfort them. As they get older and more independent, she will use chirping to tell her kittens to follow or to pay attention to her.

Not every cat chirps. If your cat is a chirper, enjoy these sounds as just another reason why a cat is such an entertaining companion.


Beauty is a petite tortie girl who lives up to her name. While she’s shy at first, after she feels comfortable, she’s exceptionally sweet, has a rumbling purr, and loves to be petted. She plays with catnip mice, basic string, and wand toys. She chirps while playing, investigating, and even sleeping.

AND… To continue the Second Chance Highlights section, we want to share the following:

Getting to Know You


At a shelter, you don’t always see a dog or cat’s best side. Taking them home, relaxing, and spending some time with them can often be the key to falling in love.

Take any of our adult pets home for up to a week to see if they’re the right fit for you, your family, and the pet.

How it works:

1. Visit the shelter or an adoption event to find a dog or cat.
2. Fill out our foster-to-adopt application.
3. If approved, take the pet home with you to get to know them*.
4. Keep in touch with our animal care team.
5. In a week or less, you can either finalize the adoption or return the pet.

*SCHS provides everything you’ll need to care for your future BFF during your foster trial.

Second Chance Heroes

Our wonderful staff members, Tabby and Lindsey, recently spent their day off volunteering to help spay and neuter pets at a clinic in Delta with Bergen Spay/Neuter Alliance. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated, generous, professional animal lovers on our team.

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