This sound effect can be found on The Premiere Edition Volume 1, which was made by The Hollywood Edge. It is originally a Disney sound effect that debuted in the Touchstone film, Stakeout.


  • First recorded: August 13, 1982
  • Creator: John Leveque
  • Owner: The Walt Disney Company (1982-1989), The Hollywood Edge (1989-present)
  • Origin: Studio 76 Library from John Leveque and Audio-Design
  • Year debut: August 5, 1987
  • First heard: Stakeout
  • 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 Frank Welker since he does cartoon animal noises at the time), but it didn't get it's public debut until the Touchstone film, Stakeout on August 5, 1987, then it later appeared in Disney cartoon shows like DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. In 1989, 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 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 made prior to 1987 such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 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 and 4th ones.

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.

Beginning in the 2010s, people around the world have protested that this sound effect needs to stop being used all the time due to its over-usage.

Sound Effect Description

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

Clean, Full Length and Unedited Link to the Sound Effect

SourceAudio (WARNING: May irritate you.)

Similar Variations

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials


Video Games

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


Nintendo Wii:

  • The Simpsons Game (Video Game)

Nintendo Wii U:

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

Game Boy Advance:

Video & DVD



TV Commercials


  • 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.)
  • Lift - Hypnotic (1990's) (Fifth yowl heard only in a high pitch.)
  • Starburst (2002) (Fifth yowl.)
  • V (2005) (Third yowl heard only in a high pitch.






  • 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 not heard in this.)

Policy Trailers


TV Spots

Online Videos


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

Theme Parks

Other Media

  • Gemmy: Fraidy Cat
  • Matchbox: Stinky The Garbage Truck
  • Hallmark: My Pet Ghost
  • 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.)
  • Staples Center: Los Angeles Kings (Heard once in one of Eric Cartman's appearances)
  • Joy 107.1
  • Mix 95.7


Anime doesn't use this sound effect very often.

Image Gallery

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Audio Samples

Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601

(WARNING: May irritate you.)