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|Cheetah sounds include purrs, bleats, barks, growls, hisses and chirps but the chirp can be heard a mile away! Many of their vacalizations are totally unlike those of any other cat. Some are described here:
|Churring: staccato growl, high-pitched
Nyam-nyam: cubs' sound when feeding
Ihn-ihn: mother's call to her young
|Purring: like a house cat
Staccato purr: sound made by courting males
Bleating: like a meow - a distress call
|Cheetahs can not roar. Roaring is made possible by a special two-piece hyoid bone in the throat. All of the non-roaring cats like the cheetah have a one-piece hyoid bone. Only 4 cats can roar: the lion, tiger, leopard, and jaguar.