The language of cats is not secret if you are observant

Observant cat caregiver

There’s a book on the market: “The Secret Language of Cats: How to Understand Your Cat for a Better, Happier Relationship”. The key to the title is that the language of cats is secret by which the author means it’s different and to many people a mystery. The book gets good write-ups but I …

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Dogs and infants respond best to baby-talk from women

A recent study found that dogs respond better to women speaking in baby talk compared to talking in ordinary human language and also compared to men talking to them. And the reason for this is that – and this is my view – women are more used to speaking in baby language when talking …

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Language is the biggest communication barrier between human and cat, not the cat’s intelligence

Language is the biggest barrier in the human-to-cat relationship not intelligence

I’ve been thinking about the fact that people relate to their domestic cat companion as a child and as a member of the family but accept the fact that they can’t communicate with their cat as they would a child. If only we could communicate with language to our cats, how much better the …

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The cat’s meow and talkative cat breeds

Female cat's meow is like music

This is a brief discussion on the well-known domestic cat’s meow and talkative cat breeds. You will see some websites proclaiming confidently that certain cat breeds are more talkative than others but I wouldn’t be so certain. Often it is an individual cat trait and it also depend a lot on the relationship between …

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Bimodal communication with cats (video)

Me and Gabs talking about bimodal communication with cats

This is me talking about a French study on how to get cats to respond more quickly which might please a few people. Remember those articles based on another study which stated that cats only respond to a request to come if they are in the mood. The news media misinterpreted the scientists. Anyway, …

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Do cats like being sung to?

Do cats like being sung to?

Do cats like being sung to? The answer, as per the Infographic, is that it depends on a number of factors. You can’t just accept the scientific answer which is that domestic cats don’t like human music and therefore they don’t like their owner singing to them. That’s too simplistic. Human singing can be …

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Can you stop a kitten biting your hand by growling at them?

Stopping a kitten biting a hand by growling at them like their mother

There is an interesting video on Instagram showing a young tabby kitten biting their female owner’s hand. She deliberately let’s her kitten bite it, I guess as part of her demonstration that you can stop a kitten biting by growling at them as a mother would (it is claimed). Not a lot is said …

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Infographic on slow blink communication between cat and human

The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat–human communication

A lot has been written and said about slow blink communication between cat and caregiver but it’s still ‘work in progress’, I’d suggest. The usual topic is that cats make the slow blink towards their human caregiver when they are content and relaxed. This is essentially one way traffic from cat to person, but …

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