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What is Kitty Trying to Tell You?

Your Chatty Cat
Not all cats are natural conversationalists, though. Certain breeds are very vocal, and certain breeds tend to be quieter. Siamese, Burmese, and Abyssinian cats are among the more talkative varieties, and domestic shorthairs, Persians, and Ragdolls tend to be quieter. However, exceptions do exist, and whether or not a cat is vocal can also depend on how friendly it is. Active, involved cats are more likely to be willing to chat than aloof loners. Many cat owners also find that the more they speak to their cat, the more their cat learns to speak back.

Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years and they’ve made evolutionary adaptations that allow them to live more harmoniously with humans. Vocalizing and “cat chat” might be some of those adaptations. Since domestic cats are so dependent on humans for their needs, learning to communicate more effectively is definitely an advantage, as it affords them access to more food and more protection from their human masters.

My cats have accepted that I don’t speak Cat, so they do their best to speak Human, and we get along just fine. It may make me feel like a strange cat lady sometimes, but there are few things better than seeing kitty run to the front door when I get home, ready to greet me with head bunts and friendly banter. Talking to the cats helps keep them calm, happy, and makes them feel like part of the family. Even if they can’t respond in words, I think they feel the same about talking to me.

Read more: Behavior & Communication, Cats, Pets

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12:06PM PST on Nov 21, 2014

ty

12:05PM PST on Nov 21, 2014

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3:37AM PST on Nov 15, 2014

Knowing one's need is the way to love them

3:45PM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

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7:55AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

I love reading about why cats do different things. Thank you.

3:34AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

ty

3:57AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Cats are fascinating.

9:17AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

My cat wakes me up every morning at about the same time by meowing. She has food, so I know she is wanting a good morning petting. And as the author stated - there are few things better than seeing kitty run to the front door when I get home, ready to greet me with head bunts and friendly banter. Priceless.

7:59PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Yes, John S, while cats sleep more often than do dogs, they still manage to pack a lot into a purrfect day and evening.

The cat that owns me believes that a meowing opera is in order as soon as I go into the kitchen a prepare a meal, even if it is salad. She sings a non-stop opera while I am in the kitchen, even with a food bowl that is full.

3:21PM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

I´m even convinced that my cats understand every word I say, f. ex. if I say one of them´s silly with a friendly voice, he/she will be offended, hahaha!!! Aaaaawww, what a cute kitten, I understand my 3 furry kids very well, but I´ve already been growing up with cats...

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