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This sound effect can be found on The Premiere Edition Volume 1, which was made by The Hollywood Edge.


  • First recorded: August 13, 1982
  • Creator: John Leveque
  • Owner: Soundelux (October 1, 1982-August 13, 1990), The Hollywood Edge (August 13, 1990-2014), Sound Ideas (2014-present)
  • Origin: United States (from Studio 76 Library from John Leveque and Audio-Design)
  • Year debut: October 1, 1982
  • First heard: Vincent (a Tim Burton short)
  • Area used: Worldwide (rarely used in Japan)

On August 13, 1982, John Leveque created this cat screeching sound that was originally a Soundelux sound effect made for his Studio 76 Library. Thought to be a vocal effect done by an unknown voice actress or Frank Welker since he did cartoon animal noises at the time.

This sound didn't get its public debut until the Tim Burton short, "Vincent" on October 1, 1982, then it later appeared in Disney cartoon shows like DuckTales (since the episode "Magica's Shadow War" on September 28, 1987) and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It wouldn't be until 1989 when The Simpsons would commonly use it for Snowball II, and the Crazy Cat Lady's cats.

On August 13, 1990, The Hollywood Edge acquired this sound to The Premiere Edition Volume 1 library and later appeared on other cartoon shows like WB/Amblin's Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992), as well as live action shows like NBC's Wings (1990-1997). Then, it appeared in movies such as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), and more.

In 2014, The Hollywood Edge went out of business, due to bankruptcy. After that, Sound Ideas took over to acquire this sound, along with other Hollywood Edge sounds.

Since then, the worldwide popularity of the sound effect continues to appear in other TV shows, other films, and also began to appear in other medias like theme park attractions, video games, commercials, and others. The sound effect can be heard in several updated editions of several movies and some TV shows made prior to 1987 such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Brady Bunch episode "The Honeymoon". It also can be heard in some live shows, concerts and theatre plays such as Monty Python's Spamalot and Les Miserables the Musical.

There are other variations of this sound effect called "Cats Fighting Loud Sc PE917007" from Volume 9, which is the exact same sound, "Short Squeal Bat Rat CRT010902" from Cartoon Trax Volume 1, which is a higher pitched version of the 1st yowl and "ANIMAL CAT - SEVERAL GROWLS, SPITS, INHALES, HISSES & SWIPES, FIGHT SCREECHES" from the Wild World of Animals Sound Effects Library, which is a low pitched version of this sound. There is also a Pro Sound Effects sound effect that is virtually the same as this, known as "Cat, Angry Growls, Moans, Various Versions".

It is possible that this sound was recorded the same time and these sounds, Cats Two Meowing Clos PE022401 and Two Cats Screeching And Moaning (the earliest use of a portion of was heard in Vincent) were being recorded too. It may be the distorted sound from the yowling. It is included as part of the Soundelux Sound Library. Soundelux owns The Hollywood Edge. This is more likely a condensed version of the original sound from the Soundelux vault.

Here's how the sound effect goes:

The first part of it is the cats quietly meowing and angrily moaning. Then it is followed by four loud yowls and screams. After that there is more quite moaning. Then there are two more yowls. The six yowls seem to be the most used and the most popular, especially the 3rd, 4th, and 6th ones.


  • This happens to be the most common cat screech sound effect that has been used for nearly every angry cat or off-screen crash in media from October 1, 1982-present.
    • Although the sound was rarely used in media during the 1980s, but it wasn’t until in the beginning of the 1990s where the sound had started to be used constantly in every media, and still being used today.
  • More than 50 million companies and shows, movies, commercials, video games, videos, and many more media use this sound effect.
  • There is a 99% chance that you have this sound effect heard before.

Sound Effect Description

Cats, Two; Angry Yowls During Cat Fight, Close Perspective.

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TV Shows

NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect in every TV show.

TV Specials


NOTE: Don't expect this sound effect to be in every movie just because there's a cat in it or when you think it's going to be heard whenever something crashes off-screen.

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  • Homescapes (Used for Austin’s cat whenever he yowls or screeches.)

Online Games

Video & DVD






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Policy Trailers


TV Spots

Newgrounds Videos

  • Eddsworld (4th yowl heard once in "MovieMakers".)

YouTube Videos

Music Videos


Theme Parks

Disney California Adventure:

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Other Media



Note: Anime doesn't use this sound effect very often.

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