As pet owners, we see our animals as a part of our family and want to involve them in everything that we do. Not only do we take them out with us at every possible opportunity, we’re also guilty of being a little too obsessed with them – in particular, we’re always getting looks for talking to them as though they fully understand (which they do, of course…).
It’s usually dog owners who carry the reputation for over indulging their dogs, but cat owners are just as guilty – we love to have a good old natter with our cats!
Whilst researchers are in the process of developing a translation device that could allow us to speak to our pets within the next decade, for now we have to hope that they can overcome the language barrier and get a sense of what we’re trying to say…
That being said, here’s our guide on how to best communicate with your cat:
Listen To Them
Conversations are a two way street and, when it comes to talking to our pets, we’re definitely guilty of talking at them and not to them.
Cats are renowned for having minds of their own, meaning that they undoubtedly interpret what we’re saying and react accordingly. It’s therefore good practice to read their body language and adapt your conversation to their reactions.
They might not be able to answer back verbally, but you’ll be able to tell from their purrs and body language what they’re thinking…
Get Into A Routine
As loyal as they are, cats can be fiercely independent, so if you want some proper quality time with them it’s good practice to establish a solid routine.
To do this, they’ll need consistent direction – for example, when you get some from work each day, settle down on the sofa and say “come up here then.” After a few attempts, they’re likely to do it automatically.
Not only will this show them that you care, it’ll also help to build up trust and keep them settled and contented in the home.
It’s All In The Eyes
In addition to communicating verbally, cats also place a heavy focus on the eyes, which can help to establish a bond between the two of you.
From a distance, slowly close your eyes and open them again. Cats view this form of slow blinking as a sign of affection, and are likely to reciprocate the action when they feel comfortable.
It’s basically a silent ‘I love you’ – who wouldn’t want that?!
Keep Your Voice Down
As much as we know that our pets can’t talk, it can still get frustrating when we’re trying to talk to them and they don’t reply. It’s sad, but it’s true!
Cats have incredibly sensitive hearing, and shouting at them in a raised voice is likely to result in them running in the opposite direction. Far from the enthusiastic greetings that you’d give to dogs or children, cat’s prefer to be spoken to in a lower tone, with this kind of voice likely to elicit the best response.
Time with your cat should be precious, and keeping it calm is the best way to set them at ease and build up their trust and loyalty. After all, no one wants to be screamed at!
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