Do You Talk To Your Pet?

United States
July 9, 2009 8:07am CST
i talk to my cats all the time, i tell them how great they are, and i ask them not to do something when they are doing something wrong... sometimes they listen sometimes they don't, but i try... sometimes me and my boyfriend are trying to talk for cats, interpret their thoughts, when we guess their thoughts wrong one of my cats gives me "what is wrong with you woman" look. it's fun, but some people think cats don't understand people anyway and there is no reason to talk to pets because they are just pets, not humans. how about you? do you talk to pets?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I talk to the cats all the time. Sometimes they understand, sometimes they don't. They understand basic words/concepts, they have the understanding of a 2-4 yr old, depending on their intellegence. But like a 2 yr old, they are apt to not pay attention to what you say. So, keep talking away, they get enough of it to make it worth while.
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• United States
9 Jul 09
yeah, my cats listen to me and understand when i'm asking them not to do something, but often it doesn't last long, they just go back to chewing cables a few days later lol...
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I had a wire eater, I finally had to coat the wires with that stuff they use for nail biters to stop her from doing it.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I like to talk to my dogs and cats a lot, they understand and they do give back reaponses hehe, I like to talk to them because I think they like to have company and like to be pet and play with; I always say I'm just like their mother, I know what they want and they understand what I say! ;-)
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• United States
9 Jul 09
my cats love company, they try to run away when we don't spend enough time with them... they never actually run away though, just pretend to...
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@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
9 Jul 09
I talk to my cat all the time. I don't expect her to understand at all, I just do. I'll chat away at her, sometimes I'll respond to myself on her behalf, she'll just sit there looking at me like I'm mad. Sometimes we talk in meow talk too. If she meows and I meow back we can go on for a good 15 minutes before she gets bored with it and walks away..... I talk to myself too though....
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• United States
9 Jul 09
lol i meow at my cats too, they give me "are you nuts" looks for it sometimes
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
I do. I have a dog, birds and fish and I do talk to them specially when I'm feeding them. They seem to understand me sometimes. But I particularly talk to my dog specially if he did bad thing. Well, he does hide away from me if he knows the scolding is coming so I have to call him many times before he sheepishly comes to me. When I'm in a contemplative mood, I usually silently sat and watch the birds or the fish and my dog comes to my side. I don't know if he feels what I feel and I don't have to talk to him during such time. We may not be talking sometimes but somehow the communication and the connection is there.
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@CatGods (4595)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I talk to my cats all the time. I tell them how much I love then, how beautiful they are, how special they are, and how I will always worship them as the Gods that they are and that I will forever be their humble servant. In ancient times they were worshiped as Gods and they have never forgotten that and neither have I. I am queen of the pooper scooper, keeper of the sacred litter box. I have dedicated my life to them. I love and worship them more than any thing else in this world. I look forward to the day when cats rule the world.
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• United States
9 Jul 09
lol this world would be a better place if cats rule it
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@Wilbet28 (97)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Yes, I talk to my cats sometimes--mostly when I'm chastising them for doing something bad. But occasionally I talk to them whem I'm home alone. They seem to understand a few words -- such as "no" and "get down" and "stop". They also seem to know their names and will sometimes walk over to us for a scratch when we are talking about them and use their name.
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• United States
9 Jul 09
my friend has a god and i tried to get a dog to come over by calling him by name (Boomer), didn't work, so i said "Boomer, meat" he ran to me so fast... too bad i had no meat on me, he was disappointed lol
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@Elaine77 (315)
• China
29 Jul 09
Yes, I talk to my cats all the time. Besides those words that they understand, those we teach them not to do or to do. I talk to my cats about things that I'm not happy with, things I'm really enjoy. Pets are families, you could have a good connection with them thru talk to them, play with them, you can talk to them those things that you'll never talk to others, maybe your pets cant understand what you talking about, but thru talking to them and have them company, people might get more confortable as that's why we raise a pet. Have a nice day mylotting!
• United States
29 Jul 09
i try not to talk to my cats about bad things that happened, only good... i actually ran into a wild kitten today and we talked in body language... i learned a lot of body language cats used from my cats and used it on that cat... basically i told that kitten that i like him and he showed that he likes me too but he doesn't trust me... so i left him alone... he seemed rather happy when he tried to catch a squirrel lol...
@Elaine77 (315)
• China
30 Jul 09
I talk to them about the bad things that happened to me and I could feel released, but I seldom bring them into my bad feelings. I also talk to them with my body langages, I always hope they could understand me.
• United States
30 Jul 09
try looking at them and closing your eyes for a few seconds. that's how cats say that they love you...
• United States
27 Jul 09
I talk to my cats all the time. They are family, so to ignore them would be horrible of me. People that say talking to animals is unnecessary most likely have never had a strong connection with an animal...of course cats don't understand English, and no animal does, but neither does a person from another country. Yet, just like that other person, animals can interpret your meaning. If you scream, both the animal and the person are going to want to leave the situation, wondering why you're angry. The same is true if you speak happily, only in the opposite sense. People tend to have this sense of entitlement. It's "stupid" to talk to animals because they aren't people. It's "stupid" to consider animals your children because they aren't people. There is no way there are other intelligent life species in the universe...because, after all, the human race on a whole has to be the best at absolutely everything. (Sarcasm.) The rare and beautiful people that accept animals as other living races on the Earth will always be judged because it is "weird" to love anything other than humans so strongly, but oh well. :) My cats are the most important souls in my life, right up there next to my husband and above all else, because our connection is that strong. If other people don't like it, they don't have to. It's cute that you'll interpret their thoughts and your boyfriend will join in. When my husband (back when he was my boyfriend) found out that I call my cat, Thomas, my "son," he looked at me funny at first but realized it made sense after awhile. Part of the reason I stayed with my husband long enough to marry him was because he fell in love with Thomas and I would catch him talking to him, teasing him, sneaking in little pets here and there. Your boyfriend sounds like a good pick. Hang on to him. :)
• United States
28 Jul 09
my boyfriend is the one who had the cats first, he rescued them from people who would throw a cat into a wall for scratching. once i moved in, we started arguing who's cats they really are... i say the mother gets the kids in the divorce, so if we break up, they are mine lol. watching them play makes me wonder who is smarter, people or cats... things they do sometimes are really inventive. they actually set up traps for each other. I hear from people that humans are dominant species because we can kill any animal... i'd like to see these people in a fair fight against a bear or a lion... even my cats can beat up a human... when they were little, one of them scratched up my boyfriend so badly that he was dripping blood from his arms all over the place, poor thing was very scared after being abused, so he was in a protective mode. he is the smallest of the 3 and he was very little back then too. i can't even imagine what they would do if they would be in danger now. I actually feel very safe with them at home because i know that they love me very much and would never let anything happen to me. they will attack anyone who would try to harm me, and i would do the same for them. I think at least one of them views me as a motherly figure because they lost their mother very early and this one was crying a lot when it happened. i'm the first female they got a chance to get close to after that, so i think this is the reason my Boss loves me so much. one thing many people don't realize is that some animals have very close family bounds, cats are one of these animals. Boss would most likely rather die himself then see his brothers getting hurt. he was actually protecting his brothers when he was little. i actually remember when i was little all the animals loved my dad, the reason for that is because he loved animals. he would play with dogs and cats and would talk to them. whenever he would go outside, all the pets we had would go to him...
• United States
29 Jul 09
we couldn't do anything to these people, they know too many police officers, they can get away with almost anything. the guy who was throwing cats into walls for example raped his two younger sisters and got nothing for it. my bf had to convince them to give the kittens to him, he took them one by one and he got their mother last. he wanted to take another cat they had, poor thing was so abused he was too scared to scratch, but he lost track of that one. The guy who was throwing cats into walls moved out and changed apartments a few times, he had that cat with him and somewhere along the way the cat vanished. one of my cats loves to follow me everywhere... he often stands behind me and when i turn around i sometimes kick him a little by accident, the way he acts when it happens though makes me wonder if he planed it all along. surely i feel bad for kicking him and start huging and kissing him, and all he does is purrs so loudly... he is very strong, so i don't think i hurt him much when this happens, but i feel really bad even thinking that i might have hurt him. my other cat loves sleeping by my legs, he actually hugs my legs and wouldn't let go of them. if i try to move my leg he'd scratch me to let me know who's in charge... and the Boss, well he is the Boss, he makes me do things... if i try to go to sleep and he wants to be petted, he wouldn't let me sleep till he has my hand on his back. he actually comes and puts his little head to my face and meows to make me open my eyes and pet him. he knows when i'm not sleeping, and he uses it to his advantage...
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
I do ! they are great company.. And they make me feel loved although they dont talk to me nor gets near me. Lol i just love better than teddy bears
• United States
10 Jul 09
lol much better then a teddy bear... i have one cat that i call a hugging monster becuase all he wants to do is being hugged
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
we are the same! glad to meet you.
@jaizhi (260)
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
I do talk to my cat as well and he knows some of my gestures and performs tricks. My husband hated my cat cause we always plays trick involving my husband such as poking his butt while he is sitting in a monoblock chair, or hiding his comb as soon as he place it down the table. ometimes I would raise my eyebrow and he would know I am mad, he will start crying and hugging my feet. I love my cat they are just born sweet, vuddly and nice
• United States
27 Jul 09
lol i'm lucky, my cats only play tricks on each other lol... though one of them loves hugging my leg when i sleep and wouldn't let go of it if i want to move lol. they are very sweet too, even though there were unfortunate to have terrible owners who abused them when they were little.
@betlynfrnds (1628)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Oh, absolutely, every day, many times a day. I'm always talking to my cats. I love how they respond to me (or ignore me). They are so wonderful and I adore them, so I tell them that. Whether out pets truly understand what we say to them or not doesn't matter much to me. I just feel that it's great therapy and very relaxing to talk to your pet and enjoy whatever reaction you get. With cats, you never know. Many times I find it so much easier and a lot more fun to talk to my pets than trying to talk to people. Cats can be so much more interesting at times. By the way, that "what is wrong with you woman" look : I get that from all 7 of my cats every day!!!
• United States
14 Jul 09
yes, my cats entertain me all the time. it's fun to watch them play with each other ant sometime even sleeping (one of my cats seems to be doing yoga while sleeping lol) but they respond to wards really well...
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
Call us a family of crazies then because all of us talk to our pets :) Sometimes the neighbor would ask who I am talking to when they know that I am all alone in the house They must have thought that I was talking to a ghost! Well, I for one tell my pets how good they are, how I love them, and what they'd be having for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I love my pets - especially the new dog. I often bring her when I go out, then croon at her. And because I ride a motorcycle, people often look at me like I am crazy when I talk to nobody on the motorcycle but my dog
• United States
13 Jul 09
i wish i could take my cats out too.. but they are scared... my boyfriend puts Barron, the smallest of the 3 cats in his shirt sometimes and takes him outside for a few minutes, but not too long, because then the other two cats start freaking out... they worry about their ltl brother too much... i even talk to wild animals though... i think they understand, but they don't trust me when i say i have no food lol
• United States
12 Jul 09
yea,i do.and they meow back to me most of the time. the one cat of mine is always chatty about something,he's a burmese mix. i think they understand to a point what human vocal sounds mean. all you have to do is yell "tuna" in my house and you'd see what i mean
• United States
12 Jul 09
haha, i tried it on my friend's dog, he didn't respond to his name, so i yelled meat... my cats meow at me and lead me into the kitchen when they want to eat... they know what is where lol...
• United States
11 Jul 09
I talk to all of them, cats, dogs, sheep, even the donkey but most important I talk to the wildlife that hangs around here. The woodchuck is getting braver every day.
• United States
11 Jul 09
I talk to wild life too, when i go to the park and run into a bunny i tell him/her that it's ok, and i'm ot going to hurt them and walk around instead of scaring the by getting close.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
11 Jul 09
I have two cats. when giving them food, I always invite them to speak. while he was sleeping next to me, I also talk with them.
• United States
11 Jul 09
my cats love it when i talk to them, they respond to me too, so we can have little conversations. too bad they don't speak english lol
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
11 Jul 09
Oh yes, I do. Its not the words that matter so much, but the tone in which we talk to them. I talk to my doggies and cats, and even strays. And I'm quite sure they understand. When my cats tend to fight, I just say 'no fighting'..and pesto, most of the time, they stop and look at me. I love them very much.
• United States
11 Jul 09
i wish it was as easy with my cats, they just look at me asking "why should we, what are you gonna do about it?" and go back to running around the house. but they listen to other things...
@AmbiePam (50090)
• United States
10 Jul 09
Sure, I talk to my dog Sherlock. And he understands a lot of what I say. He can even tell when I'm sick. He doesn't leave my side. Maybe our pets don't get everything we say, but they can understand some of it. And they can also tell a lot by just the tone in which we say it.
• United States
11 Jul 09
yeah, i know some cats who lay on the part of the body that hurts. sometimes before person even knows that it will start hurting soon. animals are very sensitive to that. I know a dog who lay down on the body of her deceased owner and didn't let anyone near the body. she just layed there growling. very sad...
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I talk to my cats all the time. I believe they are much smarter than people give them credit.
• United States
10 Jul 09
lol yeah, cat's can be smarter then some people lol i don't think most people would be able to come up with half the tricks my cats can. I love how cats do only what they want to do, they are very independent. sometimes i call one of my cats to come over and he starts rolling on the flor showing how cute she is instead. it's as if he is saying "you want me, you came here, see how cute i am? you know you can't resist that"
• United States
10 Jul 09
Of course, cats can talk, and they do understand what we say often. I compare my conversation with my cat, like a conversation with a child...very simple and direct, and he seems to understand everything I say. If he wants to go outside, and it's late in the evening, I will usually look at him, and say a simple "no", and he walks away from the door. When I am sitting down, I call him over so he can jump on my lap, and he doesn't hesitate. As soon as he sitting on me, he starts the sweet purring, to let me know that he wants my attention. He loves me to massage his head, and his back. He loves it when I scratch his neck and behind the ears, but he absolutely loves it when I rub his cheeks. When he thinks it's time for me to go to bed, he will stand there in front of me, and purr until I get the hint, then as soon as I unmake my bed, he jumps on it, and waits for me to climb in. They have a very simple conversation, like a child, but they certainly understand us. They know just because they can feel the love that is showered on them.
• United States
10 Jul 09
wow... that sounds like a very smart cat... one of my cats does things that we do, when my boyfriend got a short hair cut he spated wetting his fur and pulling it backward so it looks shorter. sometimes he gets in bed, climbs under the blanket and only has his head sticking out, he often puts his head on a pillow too, pets are just like people, they just have to be given a chance to show it. I found that if you treat a cat as if it was human, then it's ging to act like a human.
@kircho (493)
• Bulgaria
10 Jul 09
They are also live creatures. So if you have a pet, you HAVE TO talk to him, because they understand. Take an example- If you tell a dog to come, he comes, if you tell him to run, it runs. So they learned this all over his life. But I also speak to my pets- 2 cats and 1 dog and they seem to be very happy.
• United States
10 Jul 09
My cats love certain phrases the most, when i tell one of them that he is my fluffy cuteness for example he is very happy, the other one just likes being called Boss and being told that he is in charge... and my shy romantic cat loved it when i drew him reading a book... lol i do that too... i picked him up and showed him, he loved it... they actually get mad aty me when i don't pay enough attention to them, and pretend to run away... they just sneak out the door and then look back to see if we are going after them... they get mad when we are nat trying to get them back too... it's funny to watch them do it...