Today in the A to Z Blogging Challenge...
T is for Cats Talking
When cats communicate with each other they very rarely meow. That is reserved for humans.
Cats have other ways of communicating with each other like leaving their scent to mark their territory, essentially saying: "Keep off, bro." They use body language like the arched back to say, "You're pushing me to the limit, bro," or facial expressions, "You touch this mouse and you're history," or touch, "Yeah, baby, yeah."
A kitten will meow to get attention - "FEED ME" or "Look how cute I am; I need a cuddle," - but apart from that there is very little meowing when they grow up.
So why do cats meow to humans? Because it works! In fact some scientists say cats have developed specific meows just for humans so they can manipulate us. Surely not!
Dr. Nicholas Nicastro, Ph.D., did a thesis on how people interpret cats' meows, compiling a sample of 100 different vocalizations from 12 cats.
He said: "Though they lack language, cats have become very skilled at managing humans to get what they want -- basically food, shelter and a little human affection." No surprise there then!
Here are some cats talking to people:
If they don't talk to you, they will talk to each other:
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