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Are You Listening
To Your Cat Talking?
your cat talking to you? Yes it can!, and no
by: Larry Chamberlain
Many cat lovers claim that
their feline pets talk to them. They believe their cats
can communicate vocally with them and tell them what they
want, how they are feeling, and ask how their day has
So, can domestic cats talk? Can the meows and trills that
emanate from your kitty really be described as your cat
talking to you?
Yes it can!, and no it can't...
Cats can not communicate
vocally in the same way that humans can, of course. Cats,
in common with other animals, have not developed language
as such, they cannot question, debate or describe. But,
cats do have extraordinary powers of letting you know
what they want, and largely by using their vocal skills.
The vocal repertoire of pet
cats is greater than most animals because it draws its
range of sounds from two distinct vocabularies. In its
relationship with other felines, your cat grows from defensive
kitten, to an independent adult, and the vocal sounds
used for cat talking changes accordingly.
But with human companions domestic cats remain very much
dependent kittens, and will look upon their owners as
their mothers. A modified variety of kitten sounds is
used to talk to humans to communicate messages such as
"Feed me now!", "I want your attention".
It is well known that certain
breeds of cats talk more than others. Ask any Siamese
cat owner and they will tell you that their pet holds
long conversations with them, using its voice to impart
an impressive range of meanings.
Longhaired breeds, such as the Persian, tend to use their
voice more sparingly and are less often heard talking.
Cats use body language to
communicate just as extensively as they use their voice
to talk. We humans, however are not so bright in picking
up on these body messages.
The tail is used to convey acceptance, fear, annoyance,
contentment, and warnings. The ears too, are often used
by the cat to signal warnings of annoyance.
Nonetheless, nothing is as
effective for the cat, in getting a message to humans,
as its voice.
You may not be looking at your cat when it is trying to
tell you something, in which case body language, even
if you can interpret it correctly, doesn't do the job.
Cats are silent movers, you may not hear your cat enter
the kitchen, but you will hear the meeeow! that says "get
busy with the can opener!", that's your cat talking!
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