Cat barking like dog and switch to meow YouTube video explanation

By on Jun 28, 2011 in Animals, Science, Weird, World Comments

A barking cat was caught on video and later switched to meow, as the video uploaded at YouTube last week went viral, which an animal expert now giving an explanation.

Cat barking like dog
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As shown in the video below, which was uploaded on June 17, 2011 and has more than 4.3 million views as of this writing, the cat barks like a dog and later back to meow as the camera comes closer.

Last Monday, June 27, 2011, an article at Life’s Little Mysteries published by staff writer Natalie Wolchover featured veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman who gave an explanation.

“While it isn’t super normal, it’s not unheard of for cats to bark,” Dodman was quoted on the report, who is also a professor at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.

“The arrangement of the cat’s larynx, trachea and diaphragm is similar enough to a dog’s that if they operate the machinery in the right way, it will produce a noise that’s like a bark.” Dodman added.

Apparently, Dodman told the report that the barking of the cat could also be a result of an “excited cat” and the bark was a “forced” meow; or the cat could have “copied” a barking dog outside the window.

Meanwhile, Dodman also had an explanation about the barking cat going back to meow when the the cat saw the camera coming closer and stare at it for a while.

“I don’t believe they get embarrassed period. That’s a secondary emotion that no domestic animal has been proven to exhibit.” Dodman told Life’s Little Mysteries.

“Cats don’t know that they aren’t supposed to bark, so they wouldn’t know to be embarrassed when caught doing it,” The veterinary behaviorist explained, suggesting that the switching from barking to meow while the camera is coming closer is not a coincidence.

“What happened is that turning its head reduces the energy going out through its airway, so the bark turns into a meow.” Dodman explained further.

Cat barking like dog and switch to meow
Video Credit: noobdaily/YouTube

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