:> Anyone else hear of the research study; I think in England; on how
:> meowing in cats developed in response to human behaviour? The guy who
:> published the study was interviewed on the CBC Afternoon Show (radio)
:> here the other day and it was pretty interesting. Some obvious things -
:> short, screechy meows are alarms, soft, sweet ones are begging etc. -
:> but he actually managed to quantify these observations apparently.
: This all reminds me of when my cat had her kittens. She called her kittens
: to her by making a grunting/hissing type sound. I tried to call them to me
: to no avail, but when I tried as best I could to mimic her grunting/hissing
: sound, they came right to me.
: Ever since this incident, I'm firmly convinced that animals do indeed have
: "language" or at least some kind of communication system, though we as
: humans may not always understand it. I'm also convinced that cats usually
: understand at least the basic language of their humans, they just don't
: always do what their told, haha.
: My grandma's neighbor had a cat that would call her "mama". That was at
: least her meow a lot of the time.
yes, I have heard much of cats mimicking human sounds.
"mama" in turkish means "chow", a command my cats understand all too well.
one of them, also a voracious eater and a chatterbox, mimicks the sound
when she wants food (that is very often).
: I wonder if anyone has done any serious study on animal "language" and has
: tried to decipher if any "dialects" exist, (Stop laughing. <g>) or at least
: studied an animla to be able to discern "words" or animal equivalent of the
: idea (grunting, hissing, meowing, whatever). ;-) It is an interesting
: subject. They at least have some kind of verbal communication it would
: seem, IMHO. I know others may differ in their opinions.