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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.

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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


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


7:13PM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Nothing new for a cat owner.

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