The strange, potentially embarrassing ‘baby language’ we use when talking to our cats seems to have a very specific function.
However, the words we use probably have less importance than the gentle, sing-song way in which we use them. This repetitive language, coupled with certain actions, particularly around meal times, helps our cats adjust to our lives. Our highly intelligent, sensitive cats are quick to put two and two together in the name of familial bliss.
Q. I work odd hours and whenever I come home my Siamese cat does not seem to recognise me until I have called her name. Why is this?
Unfortunately, some Siamese are prone to eye problems so it may be that your cat is having trouble recognising you until she hears your voice. Also, your odd working hours unsettle your cat. Try establishing daily routines at home wherever possible.
I always know when my cat is home because she meows at the top of her voice. Yet when she see me she stops. What is she doing?
Your cat is simply letting you know that she has come home and that you can begin making a fuss of her! She is also copying your behaviour – you probably call out to your cat as soon as you come in too! This is an example of how we live in harmony with our cats.ur relationship with the apparently aloof and enigmatic cat is a lot closer and more subtle than it would first appear. It is a relationship that many cat owners would be hard-pressed to describe in any detail. Yet any owner, when questioned, would agree that his or her cat is an important, long-term member of their family.
One of the ways we display this relationship with our pet cats is in the way we talk to them. Most people automatically talk to their cats as if they were babies. This affectionate and very intimate `cooing’ language is usually combined with certain actions in repetitive cycles each day.
For example, we may tap the cat’s bowl and call out, ‘Here, kitty, kitty!’ to let it know that its food is ready. This action normally takes place at the same time each day and a routine quickly develops. Your cat will often take a nap when you sleep, and sit peacefully beside you while you read the newspaper. Although cats cannot physically talk to us, their interpretation of what we say to them is truly rewarding.
- In one US survey of 900 cat owners, 96 per cent of them said that they talked to their cats at least once a day.
- Such is the deep relationship we have with this intelligent animal that many an owner has admitted confiding their problems to their pet cat.
- A cat will recognise the sound of her owner’s car arriving home from work – particularly if she knows she will be fussed over.