There are 37 species of cats in the world and while most of us are familiar with the sounds of your average house cats — some delightful, such as a deep rumbling purr, others downright irritating such as the mating howls of your neighborhood tomcat, most of us are really not familiar with the panoply of wild cat sounds.
The cheetah chirps and chortles, the jaguar chuffs, the serval yelps and the sand cat hiss-spits. The lion of course roars, but maybe not like you imagine he does. The tiger, in my opinion, has the quintessential roar, that most of us think of when we imagine a big cat belt out a big one. Check out these first two videos, then close your eyes so you can only hear, but not see, the cat making the sounds. Unless you have spent intimate time with a variety of wild cats, you will likely be surprised by who makes which call ( I was!).
Cat Call Test A (This video features three cat species. There are silent breaks between the cats.)
Cat Call Test B (This video features six cat species, but it has a commercial first, so wait a few moments before trying to guess which cat is making which sounds.)
After testing your auditory knowledge of felines, continue on with this interesting sample of cat calls, some captive, some wild, but all deeply primal! Enjoy!
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