As we discover in the article does ‘Can Cats Love Humans,’ cats try to communicate with us. It should come at no surprise that we attempt to communicate by talking to a cat. What would you say if I told you that it works most of the time?
Ok, stop laughing, I am serious. It has been the topic of research. The researchers have found that cats do, in fact, learn to understand us. Amazing, I know.
How Do You Talk To A Cat?
Some people ‘meow’ or ‘purr’ at their cats. I have been guilty of doing it as well. But that is not how cats learn to communicate with us. Cats do not typically meow at each other.
That is a sound they reserve for communicating with us. A sound that after paying attention to, similar to a baby’s cry, we can learn to decipher. However, when we use the same noise to communicate the same thing to our cats, they do not understand what those sounds mean.
The key is to make different, constant sounds to get your cat to respond to you. Here let me give you an example:
- Problem: Cat is on the table.
- “Get down,” I snap and point to the ground.
- The cat ignores, so I pick her up and set her on the floor.
- (After about a dozen or so times of that)
- The cat jumps back on the table.
- “Get down,” I snap in the same tone as the last 12 times and point.
- This time the cat gets down.
It is even possible that eventually, all I will need to do is point. Cats can learn several different cues and words. It is about teaching them.
The Art Of Communication
It is possible to learn to communicate on a deeper level with your cat. As I have mentioned before, Gizmo would follow me around the house meowing at me loudly when I would go away for a day or two.
I understood completely what he was saying; he was not happy that he was left. He was worried that something had happened to me, and he missed me. I would do my best to explain my side, in human words. I am not sure he understood the words, but he did realize I was sorry.
We would makeup, and things would return to normal. The point is that by talking to your cat, you could very well be communicating and they could be understanding you. These are things that science will never be able to prove or disprove.
The only thing that science can give us hard cold facts on is that cats understand certain words and verbal cues.
Tools For Further Research
There are tools out there to help you better communicate with your fur buddy. Now I have not used them personally, but I found them and thought that you, as a reader, might like to check them out.
First is a book that was written by Aline Alexander Newman on how to speak cat. The book was published by National Geographic. The Author has a Master of Science degree and an affinity for animals.
About the Book:
“We know cats are beautiful, secretive, and independent … but even the most loyal cat owners are often baffled by their own pet’s behavior. With veterinarian expert Dr. Gary Weitzman as a guide, this fun book helps people understand what cats are trying to communicate by their body language and behavior.”
The book is on Amazon; you can check it out here.
Next, I found an ebook that claims “it can show you how to communicate with your cat and how to understand what your cat has been trying to communicate all along.” Jonas Jurgella wrote the ebook. He is an animal researcher and animal behavior specialist, who
Check it out directly through the Cat Language Bible website.
Both books sound like they are worth checking out.
You Are Now The Master
The truth is talking to a cat is a perfectly normal and healthy thing. It opens the lines of communication. The simple interaction can stave off loneliness and depression; which I talk about in my article “Health Benefits of Owning A Cat.”
No one really knows how much your cat does or does not understand. There is evidence that kitties do comprehend some words, tones, and meanings. That by constant communication and working on understanding your cat that it is possible to create a loving, mutual relationship.
How do you and your cat communicate? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, continue to talk to a cat and be the light in the world.