Do you know what your cat is trying to tell you when it meows? I read somewhere that in addition to body language (ears, eyes, tail, whiskers, etc.), cats also use different meows to communicate their needs. So it's not just purring and hissing that you should pay attention to. All cats have their own distinct meows that tell you when they're hungry, affectionate, sick, or want something. If you have the patience and dedication, you can learn much of your cat's vocalizations. Unfortunately, my understanding of our cat's meows looks more like this:
so I took a look and saw this pretty cardinal.
What a beautiful sight in the middle of winter! Thanks cat!