June 21, 2019

Understanding the language of cats and how to communicate with them

Cats talk too! Understanding their language is the dream of every owner. To communicate cats use a complex form of language characterized by a series of different sounds and associated with particular meanings. It has been proven that the more you talk to your cat, the more willing she is to make her language understandable.

Myows, with their different nuances, are the primary signals by which the cat tries to communicate with its master. There are “miaos” to call attention, “miaos” to indicate the desire for food, “miaos” to express the desire to leave or return home.

Another sound that distinguishes the language of the cat is undoubtedly that of the purring of happiness that tells us that the cat is quiet, relaxed and happy. However, according to recent studies, the purr wants to show also the sense of gratitude that the sick or suffering cats feel towards the one who takes care of them.

The mother’s purring, furthermore, are the first sounds that the kittens hear and, together with the groans of suffering, they are the first language they learn.

Cats do not communicate only with their owner, but there is a language that characterizes the communication between cat and cat.

During the fight, the cat produces a series of grumbles and gurglings, all hostile messages directed to its adversary, which become almost a whistle when the cat passes to the attack. Such an aggressive vocalization is often mistaken for sexual appeal.

In reality, on the contrary, the “singing” of the cat during the mating season is characterized by intense, insistent and acute meows, perceptible even at great distances, with which the female calls the male and declares its willingness to mating.

One thing is sure: the cat utilizes the voice for communicating with its master. However, this is only one of the many means of communication that cats have been given by nature. We must not forget, in fact, that the cats utilize also the legs, the tail and the facial expressions for communicating.

Finally, also the “puffs” are part of the language of the cat. Cats blow producing a sound very similar to that of an angry snake when they find themselves in a dangerous situation, or, more simply, when they are tried to give them a medicine.