How do I Communicate with my Cats?

I recently stumbled upon this post from the Way of Cats Blog, and it got me thinking about the connections that I have with my cats. I love this post because it gives me more insight into the way that my cats are communicating with me.

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I have very verbal kittens, and I am gradually learning what each of their meows mean. I can almost even tell the two of them apart. I know when Chuck is waking me up in the middle of the night to get pet, or when Barry is just absolutely starving for attention. I know Chuck’s little meow of approval when he’s getting petted right.

But there’s so many other meows that I have yet to understand! Why are they in the kitchen, alone, meowing? Why is Chuck crying so loudly when I am in the shower?

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Pamela Merritt highlights body language and actions as a very huge part of the way that cats communicate. For me, body language and actions are even harder for me to figure out. I still don’t know what my cats want when they jump on the table. If there’s food on there, I get that. If there’s a plastic bag, I understand that they’re on the table to play with it. But sometimes there’s nothing up there. Are they up there because they want to be climb up high? Do they want my attention, thus misbehaving so that I have to pay attention to them? Have they simply just not learned yet that I don’t want them up there? Is it just a coincidence?

I want to be a great cat mom, but sometimes it’s so hard! When your children can’t actually communicate with you, it’s up to you to figure things out. When your children are another species, that makes it even more difficult.

I’m definitely going to be using this article to help improve my communication with my cats. As a loving, doting, overbearing mother, I want to give them everything they could ever want.

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4 thoughts on “How do I Communicate with my Cats?

  1. This is great! Animal language is kinda my specialty (my friends sometimes think I’m weird). Learning animal speak and body language does take a while, but once you get it you’ll never not understand your kittens again. It’s like learning another language, but you’ll get it! Good luck!

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  2. I’ve had cats since I was a kid an each cat has always been different in how it communicates. They are all individuals with ideas and wills of their own. One of my cats loves to sit in a particular spot in the basement that makes his voice louder and carries it through the whole house. He sits in that spot and yowls and yowls, singing his kitty heart out. When he first starting doing this as a kitten we worried something was wrong but eventually we realized he just likes singing and hearing how loud he can get. It might take a while but you and your kittens will learn how to communicate better than you though possible.

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