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Cats are Strong Communicators: To Understand them Speak Cat — 21 Comments

  1. Cat Language is not hard to learn or speak. We just have to take the time to watch and listen. Their language is filled with ear twitches and tail swayings, eye contact and whisker attitude. Most of it we cannot reply to because humans lack important parts for speech. LOL The one language that my husband just cannot stand is when the cats jump onto his lap and present their butts for inspection. LOL

  2. I absolutely adore that video, Jo. I have two that box like that and they are vocal. I communicate with my cats on some level. I know what they want, and I give it to them. My kitties also communicate with me. Munchkin, whom we rescued from the pound at an unknown senior age, lets me know when she wants to eat or use the litter box in her “apartment”. So, I let her in and then she lets me know when she wants out again. Jmuhj, I also use the Jackson Galaxy “I love you” and it works amazingly. I have also hissed at my cats when they are behaving inappropriately. At first even I thought I was crazy, but it truly works. 🙂

    • It is an interesting technique: hissing at a cat as a form of communication. I have hissed, meowed and made a puffing sound to my cat. I remember a Bengal cat owner saying her Bengal cat made a puffing sound when dominating another cat (I think it was that). It has no effect on Charlie 😉

  3. Great video — really love it every time I see it! and great article, too, Jo. Being born and raised “with cat” I’ve grown up with CSL (Cattish as a Second Language) and use it fluently. For instance, instead of saying something like, “No!” when cats are being aggro with one another, I hiss. If it’s really getting bad, I growl. And yes, it’s far more effective than “No!” >^^< (When I want to express joy to a cat, I use the "Cat I Love You" a la Jackson Galaxy, and I purr.)

          • I’m very multi-ethnic, so I might, via Roma and/or Black Irish ancestors. Probably not Spanish, but people who migrated to Spain from N. Africa and India.

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  4. lol – can’t have sound cuz I’m at work but I so wish I could. It’s fun to watch though 🙂

    I definitely have very detailed communication with my cats. It never ceases to amaze me.

  5. I think the video shows cats indulging in an rather apathetic play fight.

    It can take a little time to know cats and our own cat companion but it is not “work” or hard, it just happens from a close relationship.

    Good communication is the reward from caring for a cat really well. I think we get back more than we give.

  6. I’ve seen that patacake video before and it really is very funny, I laughed just as much seeing it again.
    It reminds me of our boyz at times, although they’ve never batted each other for as long as those two lol
    I think we communicate with cats as they do with us, by learning about each other, we don’t need words, we talk the same language without.

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