Do Cats Like When You Talk To Them?
You’ve had a long day at work. You get home, sit down on the couch, and are immediately greeted by your kitty. “Did you have a fun day laying around and being all lazy?” you ask the kitty as you’re petting them.
Does the cat know whether or not you’re actually talking to them? If so, do they know what kind of mood you’re in? Do they know what you’re saying? You might even wonder if your cat prefers to hear you speak with a certain tone of voice.
According to experts, cats do like it when their owners speak to them! And that’s not all—there are quite a few ways humans can communicate with their feline companions. Here’s everything you need to know about speaking “cat” fluently.
When you’re a cat, people are a big part of your life. You love to be around them and you love to spend time with them.
So when you hear the sound of your human’s voice, it’s like you’re hearing someone you love calling out to you, and that’s exactly how cats react to hearing their owners talk to them!
They may not respond back with words or any other type of verbal communication, but they’ll definitely let you know they’re listening by looking at you in response to what was said. If they start purring while listening too — well then that just means it’s time for some petting!
Cats Look At Your Body Language To Understand You Better
Even though cats don’t exactly understand each word you say, they’re very good at picking up on tone and body language. Cats are great to talk to whenever you don’t feel like dealing with another human.
Whether you realize it or not, cats are amazing at reading your mood based solely on the tone of your voice and the body language you’re using.
They’re also great listeners if you just want to vent about a bad day at work or how awful the grocery store was because you didn’t realize it was the morning of the Super Bowl.
Cats might not understand every word you say, but they do know how to read nonverbal cues — whether it’s a frown or angry tone of voice that tells them not to jump on the counter, or some other signal you give off that says “please don’t do that.”
Your Cat Loves Hearing Your Voice When You're Happy
To most people, their cat is simply just a pet. However, your cat sees you as their entire world. They can tell when you’re happy and they love hearing your voice whenever you’re in a good mood.
Your cat relies on you for everything – food, shelter, affection, health – So much time is spent with your cat that it creates an insanely strong bond. Talking to your cat can strengthen that bond even further.
Talking To Your Cat Strengthens Your Bond
Cats are very social creatures. They learn at a very young age how to show affection and bond with their mother and littermates. Cat-to-cat bonding usually includes grooming and lots of purring. Your cat may bond with you by licking your nose or even going after your earwax!
Don’t just coexist with your cat where you just go through the daily motions of feeding them and petting them when they ask. Make an effort to talk to your cat. They don’t know exactly what you’re saying, but they can tell when you’re happy and that makes them happy in the long run!
Talking To Your Cat Has A Positive Impact On Your Mental Health
Talking to your cat doesn’t just benefit them either! Simply owning a pet can have a positive impact on your mental health. Interacting with that pet in certain ways can take things one step further.
The CDC has actually found that owning a pet, caring for them, and talking to them on a regular basis can make you feel less lonely, less anxious, and less depressed. Again, your cat might not understand exactly what you’re saying, but they can tell how you feel and they certainly enjoy the extra attention!
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