It is evident that animals communicate with humans through sounds. This is what we call vocalizing. Some cats his or growl, while others speak with a different kind of sound. Some cats talk a lot, and some only make noise once in a while. It is only fair to try and understand the sounds our pets make. With the help of body language or signals, we can usually quite easily comprehend what they are trying to tell us. We may also opt to teach them some communication techniques that we develop in order to eradicate any misunderstandings.
Here are some tips on how to understand cat talk. First, listen to the highness or lowness of the meow's pitch. Low may mean a complaint, mid pitch sometimes a sign of a need for something and of course, a high tone may mean pain or anger. Look for the cat's accompanying body language and be vigilant when it comes to tail movements. Having the tail in an upright position indicates happiness, while arching her back typically means fear or anger. When a cat is irritated or angry, her tail will twitch back and forth.
In training them, make use of repetition. Repetition of a certain word or phrase while doing a very specific move will enable your pet to understand that this word or phrase is associated with this action. This may also be done using variations in tone volume to differentiate the importance of each word. Use words with a stronger "e" sound; it is proven that cats usually respond better to this sound than others.
Never yell or shout at your cat when they misbehave, as this may scare them off and lessen the ability of the cat to communicate well with its owner. Telling them a NO while motivating them to stop is another way of communicating effectively with your pets.
Here are a few of the more common types of cat talk that you may be familiar with:
Chatter – a particular sound coming from the throat and coupled with a rapid movement of their lower jaw. This means exclusion when they are eyeing their potential prey, but frustrated that they can not reach it.
Chirp – can be greeting especially when they spot their owners coming home. It is their way of saying "Hi" to humans.
Some cats use this sound to gain attention as well.
Growl – usually indicative a warning. This is also sometimes followed with an attack.
Hiss – A sharp sound that is a sign of dissatisfaction or an inability to accept something or a certain situation.
Purr – Very confusing as it may indicate happiness and contentment, or sickness, or fear.
You may communicate well with your pets if you are very perceptive when it comes to their moves or the sounds they make.