Can cat's understand what we're saying?

United States
November 1, 2007 1:48pm CST
Sometimes I swear my cats can understand what I'm saying. I'm not sure. Maybe they're just reading body language. For instance, when I look at my big cat and ask him if he wants milk, he'll run over to me. Normally, he just sits in one spot and ignores me. Do you think your cats can understand what you are saying? Some people say that dogs can learn to recognize certain words and phrases. Maybe cats are the same. What do you think?
5 responses
@williamjisir (22883)
• China
3 Nov 07
I think that cats as well as dogs can understand us when we are calling them as I observed this when I was young from our neighbours' cats.
• Philippines
3 Nov 07
As what I've experienced from my sister's cat "Kathy" she can understand what I'm saying, if I'll say "out" Kathy will go outside and when she's on the top of the table and I'll say "go down" with pointing my finger downwards then the cat will really go down.
@twoey68 (13650)
• United States
2 Nov 07
I think they do to a certain point. I know Morgana knows when it's time to get up, go to bed and take a nap. She knows when I don't feel good or when I'm upset and she misses me when I leave the house. "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
1 Nov 07
My cats look up when they hear their names being called. They are beginning to understand the word "no." I'm trying to get all of them to understand "Stop that!" but it will take awhile, lol. And I do think that cats understand what we're saying, especially the tone of our voices when we speak to them. If our cats have been around us long enough, they can probably understand a lot more than we think.
@Calais (10898)
• Australia
1 Nov 07
They associate different sounds (words) witht he actions, they get to know this and it dosnt take long at all..