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Can cats learn words? — 2 Comments

  1. All of my cats, dogs too, have learned their names but not through association with food. I hold them as babies and repeat their names. When they look at me, I love on them. As they get older, they do associate other words with my actions.

    My male learned that “heel” means to come to me because of the dogs. If he knows I’m going outside, he will come and rub my legs when I say “Rex, heel.” Other times, he comes within eye sight to see why I’m calling. 🤣

    When my husband comes home, they have a lenghty chat if Rex is sitting on the washer near the back door. And then my husband asks him if he wants a treat. If he does, he will jump down, go into the kitchen and sit in his treat spot.

    Cats are super smart and love to play us. They learn a lot of our language if we spend time with them. And then use it against us. LOL!

  2. Now who would argue with you? Well, one person but that’s certainly not me. This is a favorite topic of mine and I also think it’s pretty straight forward as you opined. I do think they do have a curiosity about the sounds we make, though they have a limited ability to do anything about them other than react in ways they want to or they think we want them to. I also have one cat who does react with great interest in the slightest sound I make directly to her. We have little make-believe conversations using just a faint “meh” sound back and forth, best from across the room, our eyes glued on each other. I think most of them have an interest in interacting with us vocally, which is something. It’s not communication either of us can do much of anything with (yet) but it’s more than just a reaction to stimuli, which is what we do all the time but we don’t take points off our net worth because of it.

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