We’ve talked about the most vocal kitties in the past, but what about the LEAST talkative cat breeds

There comes a time when you need some silence in the house.

You may be studying, meditating, or even living in an apartment with thin walls and neighbors who hate the sounds of a cat meowing.

If that’s the case, keep reading to see which breeds will best fit your quiet lifestyle!

As much as we love a gabby kitty, sometimes you just need peace and quiet. That's where these least talkative cat breeds are a perfect fit!

What cats are quiet? These are the least talkative breeds!

First, it’s important to understand that “least talkative” doesn’t always mean “never meows.”

Nor does it mean that these kitties are incapable of communicating with us at all.

Cats with this trait often communicate with other forms of body language, such as nudging and cuddling.

Let’s take a look at some quiet cat breeds.

1. Scottish Fold

As much as we love a gabby kitty, sometimes you just need peace and quiet. That's where these least talkative cat breeds are a perfect fit!

Known for their mischievous look and folding ears, the Scottish Fold cats are some of the quietest breeds.

They are a very laid-back breed that sometimes lies on its back. And they rarely make loud purrs or meows, even when they’re upset.

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2. Russian Blue

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Russian Blue cats are famous for their dense bluish-grey coat.

They are also preferred by cat owners who are allergic to dander since they don’t shed a lot of it.

And while some cat breeds make loud, consistent meows when they’re hungry, the Russian Blue will only give you a nudge.

That’s how quiet they are. They also tend to be a little shy, especially in the presence of strangers.

3. British Shorthairs

As much as we love a gabby kitty, sometimes you just need peace and quiet. That's where these least talkative cat breeds are a perfect fit!

The British Shorthairs have an aloof personality towards strangers, but that doesn’t mean they’re anti-social.

They’re friendly to their owners, and they’re famous for their “calm temperament” and “good-natured” appearance.

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4. Norwegian Forest Cat

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Something about this cat’s size makes you think it’s one of the most talkative cat breeds.

But Norwegian Forest Cats are quiet, very sociable, and high-energy cats. They make good family pets, and you can engage them in various pet games.

However, they are sometimes afraid of high-energy pets, such as dogs, and wouldn’t do well around them.

5. Cornish Rex

Judging by the looks, the Cornish Rex looks like a nagging vocal cat.

This is because he’s a hairless cat, and he features an unusually long neck and a curly coat. Some people even refer to them as aliens.

But deep down, they’re sweet, playful, child-friendly, and less vocal.

And unlike the Russian Blue, they will not hide when you have friends over.

Other cat breeds that don’t meow a lot include;

Why do cats meow?

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Meowing is a cat’s mode of communication, just like humans talk to each other.

According to some scientists, cats developed meowing just to communicate with humans.

They’ll meow when they need your attention when they’re hungry, need water, or when something’s wrong.

Young cats can meow to their mothers when they’re cold or when they’re hungry.

However, as they age, cats don’t always communicate with each other with meowing. Instead, they use touch, scent, or any other body language.

It’s the cat parents’ job to understand different cat vocalizations and what they mean.

This will help them identify what the cat needs at any given time.

Why does my cat have a quiet meow?

One of these feline companions’ most attractive sounds is the quiet meow, also known as the silent meow.

You’ll see them open their mouth, close their eyes, and make the facial expressions that accompany a meow, but you won’t hear any sound.

Even though it’s called a silent meow, it’s not exactly silent. It’s a soft voice at frequencies (50 to 60 kHz) that only cats and some dogs can hear.

Humans are capable of hearing at frequencies ranging from 18 to 20 kHz. So what does your feline friend need when he/she lets out a quiet meow?

  • They may be hungry or thirsty.
  • They need physical affection, mostly after you’ve neglected them for some time.
  • When they need to be let out.
  • When they need to sleep.
  • When they’re sick or they need help.

There’s no definitive way to identify why exactly your cat has a silent meow, so you need to try different things.

For instance, if your cat loves being outdoors, you can try to let them out. If they’ve had a long day, you’ll know they need to sleep.

And if it’s hours since they had food, then it’s time to feed them.

As you build a relationship with your cat, it will be easier to discern what they need based on the differences in vocalizations.

Are there cats that don’t meow?

Cats should meow from time to time, even the quiet cat breeds.

The silent meow I just mentioned happens occasionally, and it’s often a substitute for the usual meow.

For quiet cat breeds, it’s normal for them not to meow. But for talkative breeds, there may be an underlying issue that needs to be dealt with.

Can a cat be mute?

It’s very unusual for a cat to be completely mute.

If your cat has lived in the wild for some time, he/she may have learned to be silent since being noisy may have alerted predators.

Cats also become quieter as they age, and sometimes they’re quiet because it’s their nature/personality.

Below are some of the ways to make sure your cat isn’t mute;

  • You can try talking to him/her. Some cats will respond to a human sound. Make sure you’re looking at the cat when talking to them to get their attention
  • You can also play music, videos, or drop keys, or any other noisy object and wait for a reaction.

A cat can also be mute due to the following medical conditions;

Feline Upper respiratory infection –

Cats suffering from URI may find it hard to meow. They may also have lethargy, a running nose, and watery eyes.

Tumors –

If your cat has developed growths along the throat, they may find it difficult to vocalize. Coughing, ear infections, and sneezing are other symptoms of these growths.

Laryngeal Paralysis –

The Larynx is the part of a cat’s respiratory system where vocal cords are located.

When it gets paralyzed, it could obstruct the airways, change the cat’s meow, or make the cat not vocalize entirely.

These are serious medical conditions. Once you note any of these symptoms, you should consult your vet as soon as possible.


Quiet cats make excellent companions, but that doesn’t mean they have to be mute.

They have to meow sometimes, even if it’s the silent meow.

You can also talk to them to make sure they still have their “sound.”

But if they’re mute and have some of the symptoms of the conditions I just mentioned, it’s best to consult your vet.

As much as we love a gabby kitty, sometimes you just need peace and quiet. That's where these least talkative cat breeds are a perfect fit!

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Peter W
Peter W

Peter is a cat dad who loves sharing his experience with other cat parents.