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  1. Oh Boy, I found another serious error; I must be typing too fast for my brain to catch up.
    I meant to say that this book has nothing that most of us don’t already know!

  2. I just read a brief article in the Costco Connection about Gary Weitzman,DVM, president and CEO of the San Diego Human Society.
    In looking up his 2 books on How to Speak to Cats/Dogs, I think these may be pretty basic stuff, and something any of us don’t know.

    A couple of things he said in the article that I don’t agree with are that 1)dilated pupils means they’re stressed. My cat’s pupils are dilated much of the time, unless she’s in the sun, or sleepy. 2) that when a cat shows it’s belly to a human, “it’s a trap!”. (BS) When my cat lays on her back, most of the time she wants me to brush or tub her tummy. When I do, she extends up, and closes her eyes in pleasure.

  3. This is an interesting article and makes one pay close attention to their cat. I think the doctor is mistaken when he says that cats only talk to humans when wanting food. My cats have always spoken to me when they are hungry and want a treat or their bowl is empty. But I have also noticed that they talk to me when I come inside after having been away for a while. It seems that they are telling me about their day, just like I do with my family. I think cats talk to us because we talk to them, not just for food. Their are intelligent beings who are able to learn. Perhaps they have learned to have conversations with us, just not in the human language?

    • Yes, yhey have a language for conversing with humans. It has developed over thousands of years and is hard-wired in their DNA now. It applies to certain situations. That is the way I see it.

  4. Michael,
    I was trying to visualize an “eviscerated mouth”, until I realized you meant MOUSE! More on this communication post later. I’ve got a big project I need to keep working on, and Mitzy keeps crying for attention, like it’s of utmost importance that I stop what I’m doing immediately! She’s been this way all morning, and finally she’s napping. I’ve got to work fast before she wakes up!

  5. I personally believe that just as human parents learn to recognise their baby’s different cries and the specific requirements associated with them, we humans learn to interpet the different meows of our cats and what it is they want.

    Not all cats are vocal with humans. I’ve read that can mean the human has a good understanding of their cat’s body language and fulfills the cat’s request before it needs to resort to asking for it verbally. Of course some cats are chatty by nature, regardless of whether they want something or not 🙂

    I don’t agree with the affection claim for the slow blink. I know that some people regard it as the feline equivalent of blowing a kiss, but many times I’ve seen cats squaring up for a fight, blink and look away in an attempt to diffuse the situation. For me, the slow blink is more like smiling, to show that we are friendly/relaxed and definitely non-threatening.

    • Perfect, Michele.
      I don’t need any interpreter. I know, exactly, what each cat is telling or asking. I’ll clarify to mean my indoor, indoor/outdoor, and outdoor cats.
      With ferals, I believe that I understand about 5 vocalizations. Mostly, it’s all about body language.

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