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Your cat can communicate in many different ways -- through vocalizations, touch, and body language.
Her whiskers can be used in a form of gentle greeting with another cat. Cats also release scent through touch that claims people and things and their territory. If your cat butts you with her head and rubs her cheek and neck against you, she is leaving behind a special scent to mark you.
Vocalizations vary from cat to cat. Some breeds, like the Siamese, are known for being chatty, and will often "talk" to their family. Other breeds are mostly quiet. As you get to know your cat over time, you will learn what the different sounds mean. Your cat may meow when she is hungry, content, or playful. Purring generally indicates contentment. Hissing, spitting, and snarling are expressions of fear, anger, or dissatisfaction. Yowling is a cat-to-cat communication, and is often a cry of the female in heat.