This sound effect can be found on The Premiere Edition Volume 1, which was made by The Hollywood Edge. It was originally a Disney sound effect that debuted in the Tim Burton short, "Vincent". This should not be confused with Hollywoodedge, Short Squeal Bat Rat CRT010902, which a higher pitched version of the 1st yowl.


  • First recorded: August 13, 1982
  • Creator: John Leveque
  • Owner: The Walt Disney Company (1982-1990), The Hollywood Edge (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)

More like screaming than yowling, to be specific. First recorded in August 13, 1982, originally from John Leveque's Studio 76 Library (thought to be a vocal effect done by a voice actress or Frank Welker since he does cartoon animal noises at the time), but it didn't get it's 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.

In 1990, The Hollywood Edge acquired the sound to its library of sound effects and later appeared on other cartoon shows like WB/Amblin's Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992) and FOX's The Simpsons (1989-today), and 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.

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 "Hollywoodedge, Cats Fighting Loud Sc PE917007" from The Premiere Edition Volume 9, which is the exact same sound, and "Sound Ideas, 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 the exact same sound.

It is possible this sound was recorded the same time these sounds, Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Meowing Clos PE022401, and TWO CATS SCREECHING AND MOANING (the earliest use of a portion of was heard in Vincent (1982), were being recorded too. Maybe it's 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 howls 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 3rd, 4th and 6th ones.


  • This happens the be the most common and overused cat screech sound effect that has been used for nearly every angry cat or offscreen crash in media from 1982-present. More than 50 million companies and shows, movies, commercials, video games, videos, and many more media use this sound effect. There's a 99% chance that you have heard this sound effect before.
  • Many users on this wiki find this sound effect to be very annoying.

Sound Effect Description

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

Clean, Full Length and Unedited Link to the Sound Effect

(WARNING: May irritate you and get stuck in your head for a while.)

Similar Variations

Used In

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.

Video Games

  • American McGee's Alice (2000) - final yowl heard during intro
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day/Live and Reloaded (Nintendo 64 and Xbox)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (PC, Xbox One & PS4) (Heard in a low pitch)
  • Sims 2 (2004)


PlayStation 2:

PlayStation 3:

PlayStation 4:

Microsoft Xbox:

Microsoft Xbox 360:

Microsoft Xbox One:

Game Boy Advance:

  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix (Video Games) (5th yowl is only heard during Rat Race.)
  • Rhythm Tengoku (2007) (Video Games) (5th yowl is only heard during Rat Race.)
  • WarioWare: Twisted! (2005) (Video Games) (5th yowl is only heard.)


Nintendo Wii:

  • The Simpsons Game (Video Game)

Nintendo Wii U:

  • Game & Wario (2013) (Heard in the Giant Bedroom level of "Taxi".)

Game Boy Advance:

Online Games

Video & DVD


TV Commercials


  • Home Hardware - Home & Garden Sale (1993) (Sixth yowl.)
  • QBE Insurance - 100% Commitment (2015) (Third yowl.)
  • QBE Insurance - Home Insurance (2015) (Third yowl.)

Hong Kong

  • Mannings - Mannings Cat (2012, 2013)

New Zealand:

  • AMI Insurance - Lipstick (2016) (Third yowl heard briefly.)
  • AMI Insurance - Renters Insurance (2018) (Fourth yowl heard briefly.)
  • Lift - Hypnotic (1995?) (Fifth yowl heard only in a high pitch.)
  • Starburst (2002) (Fifth yowl.)
  • V (2005) (Third yowl heard only in a high pitch.)





  • YTV ID - Hair Dresser Cat (1998) (2nd yowl)



  • Nederland 3 (1999-2003) (Fifth yowl heard once when the station closes down nightly.)
  • Nick Jr. ID - Cats (Only the sound effect where one of the cats are meowing quietly are heard. No yowls were heard.)

Policy Trailers


TV Spots

Online Videos


  • Meowpurddy (El-P Remix) - Run the Jewels and Snoop Dogg

Theme Parks

Disney California Adventure:

Kings Island:

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle (Theme Parks)

Universal's Islands of Adventure:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Theme Park) (Third yowl, heard in a high pitch at the start of the ride.)

Universal Studios Hollywood:

  • An American Tail Live (Theme Parks)

Walt Disney World:

Other Media

  • Chuck E Cheese's: Some Holiday Larry Magic / Larry's Christmas Tree (Holiday 2002) (Fourth yowl is heard when Larry runs away off-screen to get some power surges.)
  • Chuck E. Cheese Songs: Loppinsboopinfakindoopinfloppenloopenfunnin's Day (2018)
  • Gemmy: Fraidy Cat
  • Hallmark: My Pet Ghost
  • Matchbox: Stinky The Garbage Truck
  • Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell (Fourth yowl heard once.)
  • The D. L. Hughley Show
  • Staples Center: Los Angeles Kings (Heard once in one of Eric Cartman's appearances.)


Anime doesn't use this sound effect very often.

Image Gallery

Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601/Image Gallery

Audio Samples

File:Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601.ogg

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