How To Talk To My Cat?
Wouldn’t It Be Nice If You Can Talk To Your Cat Like How You Would When Talking To Humans?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you and your cat completely understand each other --- like you exactly know what you and your cat meant?
While it is true that human and cat language are worlds apart, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it easier for you to communicate with your fur baby. That’s why, in this post, let us share with you some of the best ways to talk to your cat.
Understand Your Cat
Communication is a two-way process. If you want to effectively talk to your cat, you should also learn how to listen. In most cases, listening does not only mean by taking note of the sounds he makes, but also by noticing his body and facial expressions.
So, there are two things you need to consider: verbal and non-verbal cues. This can be a huge topic, but let us just give you a quick overview.
- Short meow: your cat is greeting you.
- A lot of meows: your cat is excited to see you.
- Mid-pitch meow: your cat is asking for something like food or water.
- Low-pitch meow: your cat is complaining.
- High-pitch meow or hissing: your cat is fearful, in pain, or angry.
- The tail is held straight up with a curl at the end: content and happy
- The tail is twitching and vibrating, sometimes, the tail fur is sticking up: very excited and happy to see you
- The tail is tucked between the legs: scared
- The tail is held low but its fur is straight up: angry and aggressive
- Slow blinking of eyes: your cat is comfortable and happy to be around you
- Rubbing against you: he sees you as his own
- Ears held back: fearful and anxious but could also mean being playful
- Cat sniffing you: confirming who you are
- Cat taps his we nose to you: your cat loves you
- Licking you: means he trusts you
Now, these are just some of the most common ways your cat may express his feelings and thoughts with you. There are others and I highly recommend you read more about how your cat communicates with you.
Talking To Your Cat
Now that you have an idea of how your cat talks to you, you will be more effective in communicating with him as well. By understanding your cat, you get to know his needs, preference, and other things that could help you establish a connection.
When talking to your cat, remember that he pays more attention to how you speak rather than the actual meaning of words you use.
For example, when you say “No” but your tone is expressed like you are praising him, then he would be confused and would most likely understand that you like what he is doing.
That’s why when you need to correct the cat’s behavior, use firm, authoritative, and if needed, a louder voice. Not only that but your body language should work in conjunction with the message you’re conveying. So, aside from saying “no” or “down,” you need to use your hands to point down or use a stern face.
If you are praising your cat, a higher-pitched voice coupled with a smile should effectively tell your cat that you are praising him. Use a happy and enthusiastic voice when calling or praising your cat to ensure your cat truly understands what you are trying to say to him.
Sometimes, your cat may ask for your attention when you’re busy. If you can’t play with him, you can say, “no” in a firm voice and gently push your cat away. Don’t show any affection, too. This will tell your cat that you need your personal space for now.
The key here is consistency. Be consistent in using the right voice, gesture, and action. By being consistent, you are training your cat to respond the way you want him to respond. This eliminates confusion and ensures better communication between you two.
Effectively talking to your cat is an essential aspect of establishing a strong and close relationship with your pet. Thus, it is worth spending some time to study your cat’s behavior and communication method and couple that knowledge with how you speak with him.
If you need further help, you can talk to your vet, speak to a pet trainer, and read related articles. The more knowledge you acquire, the better.
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