Cat Squeaks When Picked Up: Here's Why!

Cats are awesome pets. Not only are they smart and fun, but they also have a lot of personality! One thing that makes these creatures so unique is their ability to communicate with us. They do so with many different types of vocalization. (Which might be why your cat squeaks when picked up!)

Many people just assume that a cat’s meow is one of the few ways it communicates. The truth is that certain breeds do things differently when it comes down to communicating what’s on their minds. Some cats will squeak when picked up by an owner. Others make clicking sounds when playing with each other. While some cats may remain silent except for purring.

Just because a cat you had as a child made certain sounds and had certain mannerisms (like squeaking when picked up), it doesn’t mean that your new cat will communicate with you in the same ways.

Certain cat breeds are known for their vocal capabilities. Siamese cats, for example, are known for their loud, high-pitched meows. These meows can sometimes sound like a bird’s song! Persian cats can sometimes make loud, low-pitched meows. 

Bengal cats are notorious for being vocal, while other cats might remain as silent as possible. One of the reasons your cat squeaks when picked up is because it’s just in their genetic makeup to do so! 

Cats Use Different Sounds To Communicate

New cat owners might hear a cat meow and just assume that all meows are the same. But the truth is, cats have different sounds for different situations. They use meows, purrs and other vocalizations to communicate with other cats and humans.

Cats also make distinct sounds when they’re frightened or hurt. Those sounds and noises are often misinterpreted. This usually happens with new pet owners who don’t know what their cat is trying to tell them. 

In general, a cat’s low-pitched meow tends to sound more distressed than a high-pitched meow. So, if your feline friend isn’t in pain but seems like something is bothering him or her (like being picked up), then the squeak you hear when picking them up will probably sound lower than their normal tone. 

Her cat squeaks when picked up, how come?

Your Cat Squeaks When Picked Up Because They’re Sick, In Pain, or Something Is Wrong

Some cats squeak when picked up because they may be in pain or are not feeling well. This could be the case if they are:

-Old and arthritic (a condition which causes them to have difficulty moving)

-Sick and/or injured

It’s also possible that your cat may just not like being lifted or held by you or anyone else, as some kitties out there dislike being touched.

Your Cat Squeaks When Picked Up Because They’re Happy And Like Being Up High

The squeaking is a sign that your cat is comfortable and happy, so it’s not necessarily something you need to worry about. “Cats are notoriously affectionate animals,” says Dr. Andy Roark, DVM at the Animal Hospital of North Texas. “They like to be held and get lots of attention from their owners.” Also, cats simply like being high up! It makes them feel safe, secure, and happy! 

Cats love heights because it helps them survey the world around them. Plus, cats are natural predators who want to be able to jump at their prey from above with ease. If they can’t do this while you’re holding them, they’ll settle for jumping on furniture or other elevated surfaces instead! It’s certainly better than hissing at you from below… right?

So if your cat squeaks when picked up then there’s a good chance that they’re just so happy you’re holding them! 

Some Cats May Be Afraid Of Being Picked Up Or Heald

If your cat is afraid of being picked up, you can try to build trust. Gently hold him and let him explore your hands and arms. Encourage him with a high-pitched voice and some words like “it’s okay,” or simply be patient while he gets used to the new sensation.

If he’s still skittish after this initial period, it may take longer for your cat to become comfortable enough with being held that he’ll let you pick him up without squirming. BUT DON’T FORCE IT! You never want your kitty to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Be VERY patient with them!

Other cats simply refuse to be picked up at all. This may be due to a bad experience at some point in their lives. Or simply because they don’t like being handled. Some people have successfully trained their cats using positive reinforcement methods such as clicker training. 

A small number of adults are able to train kittens using these methods as well, but most experts recommend against attempting this with an older cat since they’re harder to train than younger ones due partly because they are less motivated by food rewards than kittens are (if any reward at all is involved).

But, again, you should never force your cat to let you hold them. Be patient, use positive reinforcement, give them treats, but never force them! 

Squeaks And Chirps Can Mean Your Cat Is Happy And Enjoys When You Pick Them Up

Cats make a variety of sounds to communicate, but some vocalizations may be misinterpreted as signs that your feline friend is happy when in fact they are actually showing signs of fear. If your cat makes a chirping sound when being held or picked up by someone new, then it’s likely that he or she is uncomfortable. Cats use this type of vocalization because it helps them to signal others around them (as well as us humans) that they don’t want us to pick them up!

Sometimes Cats Squeak Because It’s What Cats Do!

Cats can be incredibly vocal creatures, and when they make these sounds (ex: if your cat squeaks when picked up) it’s often because they want us to understand what they’re trying to say. If your cat is squeaking when picked up, there may be something else going on besides his desire for affection—he could have pain or illness in his body that needs attention.

The important things here to note are: 1) Squeaking from cats is perfectly normal! and 2) Learn to differentiate between your cat’s vocalizations so that you can determine if they’re happy, sad, hurt, or need something from you! 

If you have any concerns about your cat’s wellbeing then you should always contact your vet for further guidance.