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What is Kitty Trying to Tell You?

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What is Kitty Trying to Tell You?

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

I can barely stumble out of bed in the morning before my cat tries to strike up a conversation. As she goes through her busy day, she tells me when she’s ready to eat, when she wants to play, and if she’s in another room and sees a bug, she demands that I come vanquish it immediately. She doesn’t speak English, of course, but she’s trained me to correctly interpret every little sound she makes, from the meekest “meep” to the mightiest “MROW!”

Talk Kitty to Me
When cats communicate with each other, they do so almost silently. Felines mostly communicate through smell and body language, rarely having to raise their voices. Cats leave scent markers to tell other cats about their sex, their reproductive status, and their health, and when communicating face to face, they rely on a complex system of postures and body language to let each other know how they’re feeling. Cats are experts at communication, so with the exception of hisses and growls, most cat-to-cat interactions are wordless. When the humans enter the room, however, suddenly everyone’s got something to say. That’s because many of the vocalizations cats make are expressly for human benefit.

Cats start meowing when they’re kittens, in order to get their mother’s attention and food, and the most vocal babies are the ones who get the most of each. Domestic cats never grow out of this juvenile vocalization, because they’ve learned that it’s a pretty effective way to get what they want from people. It’s almost as if domestic cats think of us as mother figures, and they’re not afraid to let us know when they’re hungry, angry, or want some affection.

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4:36PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

I never found the same level of communication with the cats I've had as with my dogs, but that's probably because I didn't spend as much time with them. Dogs and cats both communicate a lot more with scent than we realize. Once I started imitating them, I could also begin to smell differences in each animals health. It has really helped.

12:14PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Thanks.

12:09PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

We've had our cat for almost 15 years. The last time my husband took her to the vet; she miawed in her usual expressive way and the other people in the waiting room told him, astonished. Oh! Your cat is talking to you! Yes, indeed she was! She trusts him totally.

9:56AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Thank you.

1:15PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Thank you

8:18PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thank you for posting!

8:01PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

One of our cats actually can meow in a way that its sounds very much like now
especially when Its mealtime !

8:27PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I love my Cali and I know I shouldn't compare to Angel my 20 year old who passed away lately she was a perfect friend,understood everything I said knew all kinds of commands, fetch , sit,meet me at the door, never tried to go out, knew where to sit when wanting treats miss her so much, Cali won't let the dog or I sleep,I have so many scars from her jumping on me, and she keeps wanting out,anyone have ideas how to fix this?

2:02PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thanks

7:13PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Nothing new for a cat owner.

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