We all know how dogs can be trained to understand us and in a strange way converse with us, but what about cats?
There are theories that say dogs understand over 100 words and cats understand just 30 words more or less, but even if that is true, then cats would know over 100 vocalizations and different sounds following our words. On details and everything you need to know about cats, make sure to see Cat Language Bible.
Falsely, people think cats do not understand one single word humans utter. Cats will surely understand the above mentioned 30 words. Dogs might be better at coping with more quantity, but cats are superior winners in communicating back and forth with owners. Majority of vocalizations cats make are around humans, not around other cats – and this makes them better at understanding, i.e., communication.
What would cat owners share…
Cat owners willingly share their interesting experiences with cat communication. It is said cats respond better to tone of voice, cadence, inflections and not so much exact words per se. Simply put, they respond to our ‘vibes’ heard in our voice.
More frequently used words are more recognized, when used on daily basis. When an owner would call out his cat’s name in a melodic and pleasant voice, the cat would in return act friendly and cuddly.
However, if the cat’s name is uttered in stern and sharp tone, the cat would not respond and simply stay calm and immobile. What cats are best at is differentiating between angry and soothing voices.
Cats learn with experiences of repetitions. If a certain sentence is pronounced in a relaxed manner, the cat will get accustomed to it. they certainly learn their names, some often used words and phrases, and most of all tones or inflections. Baby tones, playful banters, angry voices, loving words, silence – cats understand MOODS, simply put, instead of language forms.
When an owner would repeatedly use the word ‘food’ for actual filling of the bowl with food, cats will learn this and associate this word to a happy hour of their favorite cat snacks. Of course, this wordis used for a good purpose, and never to deceive the cat and lure her into the bath – this would create mistrust in the future, severe confusions and anger.
The language of cats is basically tones and emotion in the voice, rather than actual words. For cats, words, or word shape and letters as a whole, are meaningless UNLESS associated to something tangible. Speech for them is not understood fully, unless used to just go quick to the point after that.
Do cats often ignore us on purpose, even with understanding human language?
Cats are more aloof by nature, compared to other pets, and this makes the misleading belief that they do not understand us.
On the contrary, they understand even more than we think, since they work with logic, perceiving moods and emotions primarily. Cats make a difference between their owners’ voice and other people’s voices and pay great attention to this.
In an experiment were monitored cats who did not see who spoke to them, both strangers and their owner, and they moved their heads accordingly to what they already recognized from before.
To familiar voices, cats had dilated pupils, meaning excitement and deeper emotions. Cats are just appearing aloof, but they rely on deep understanding with their owners, when needed, thus forming a special close and intimate bond with the owner.
What exactly they understand, how, and can they understand English?
Like any other animal, cats can ‘learn’ some words, only when this is useful and necessary to them. When compared to dogs, cats will learn words repeated frequently, but will stop following commands already heard, if they bring no benefit. We have to admit, cats are intelligent creatures.
Roughly speaking, cats can learn up to even 50 words/commands at most, tricks or names. Commonly used words to them are: ‘food’, ‘dinner’, ‘no’, ‘eat’, ‘stop’ and anything else unrelated to basic needs or benefits, would be irrelevant to them.
If a cat is not surrounded by humans, or is not in social and human involvements, she would not have reasons to make so many sounds. The best way to communicate with cat language is to slowly blink and feign sleep mood when you tell the cat you are fine with her presence and show her approval and affection. Cat language does not stop here, visit Cat Language Bible and master more on cat communication.