Talking to a cat.
To learn how to talk to cats, we first have to grasp cat language. Cracking the cat code requires observing tails, back fur, and behavior. It also means listening. Cats say a lot with their voices.
They meow, chirp, hiss, growl, and make 26 other distinctive sounds to convey their needs and emotions. But how can we communicate back?
Do you find yourself meowing at your cat? Or making odd general conversation with your animal? Most of us do. In fact, many cat companions revert to baby talk with their kitties. Should you?
Science says yes!
Cats can hear higher-pitched voices more easily than ones in a low register. That means if you baby talk your cat, you’re doing cat language right. A falsetto voice helps your cats understand you better. A low, firm voice, by contrast, may be successful when you need to correct your cat’s behavior.
We baby talkers are in good company. Surveys show 91% of pet companions speak in baby talk to their animals. Matthew Patrick of Pet-U-Cation says, “In the case of cats, we’re not actually hitting their vocal sweet spot. (By meowing), they’re mimicking our preference to baby them.”
Why? According to Patrick, cats are doing their best to imitate us to get what they want—such as more food or a clean litter box. The most important thing our cats say, however, is I love you, human. And that’s all we need to hear to say I love you, kitty back to them.
Cat breeds that meow the most.
Cat breeds such as the Abyssinian and the Ragdoll make good library pets. They’re quiet, reserved, and low key. Others … well … they like to vocalize their feelings.Siamese
This long, slender, and blue-eyed feline has an illustrious history. Originally bred as pets for the Thai royal family, Siamese cats may be the world’s oldest house cats. They certainly are the most recognizable breed. They are also the most talkative. Their human companions say Siamese cats will talk all day and all night.
One of the cat world’s sweetest and friendliest breeds, Burmese cats lived in southeast Asia as early as the 12th century. European cat enthusiasts considered the Burmese so beautiful that it became the foundation cat for many new breeds. Like its Siamese cousin, the Burmese cat is vocally expressive and thrives in households that don’t mind lots of meowing.
Named the national cat of Russia, the Siberian breed is not only one of the most talkative cats but it’s also among the largest. Siberians can weigh up to 25 lbs and may take five years to reach their full adult size. They remain popular house pets thanks to being a good companion for many people with cat allergies since they’re nearly hypoallergenic. Almost as talkative as the Siamese, the Siberian's vocal range is broader.
As a mixture of the Burmese and Siamese cat breeds, the Tonkinese comes by its talkative nature honestly. Along with that fun-loving, expressive nature, cat companions also get a mischievous, curious, and sweet-spirited animal. Tonks keep their people well entertained and are great cats for families with kids.
Elegant, graceful, and talkative, the Turkish Angora may be best known for its love of water. The breed is popular among families as a pet due to its personable nature and cheerful disposition. It holds a place among cat lovers for its many good qualities including a willingness to express its own mind.
Many cats, like many people, enjoy chatting. Do you have a chatty cat? Do you talk back to him? Communicating with cats is part of keeping a healthy, happy relationship with our pets.
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