Every morning when I wake up, I am greeted by a strange sound coming from our cat, Hercules. It sounds something like “rrrrrowe,” but with a rolling “r” like in French or Spanish.
It’s almost like a combination of purring and meowing, and Hercules continues that “rrrrrowe” sound while circling my feet as I walk into the kitchen, repeating it until I put some of his cat food in his dish.
This unique cat sound is called a “trill.” Trilling is a high-pitched, almost chirp-like noise made by cats as a greeting. It’s their way of saying “hello” to people or to other cats. It is associated with a positive, welcoming vibe, unlike the hissing sound he makes every time he sees our dog.
In Hercules’ case, his trills are his way of saying “feed me, dammit.”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “trill.”