Cats: do they understand us?

Does she understand me? This is BooBoo. - My old girl BooBoo
United States
February 26, 2007 9:45am CST
Do you think that your cat understands what you are saying when you talk to it? When I tell my older cat (she is 9 years old) BooBoo to stop scratching in bed she either stops or gets out of the bed. If I tell her to lay down usually she will. What do you think does she understand what I am saying?
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@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
i think they do understands our vocals... as they have their own system of understanding... i dont know what it is... mine cat also do lots of things upon my saying... so it shows they do understand us..
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Cats can understand so much! It's amazing, so many people think only dogs understand human words but that is not true. My cats know many words and phrases - Up, make the bed (they move to the other side of the bed while I straighten it then move back when I'm done), bedtime, Spin the kitty (this means get out of my computer chair), want some?, toy, outside, spider (this means please come and watch this so I can get a shoe; they are always rewarded with tuna for this) etc. My Siamese knows even more, I have taught her "Share" which means she needs to scoot over and I'll share the chair with her and "Kellie can stay" which means even though I'm next to the computer I don't need the chair so she can go back to sleep.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Wow your cats understand alot more than mine! I wish I could train them by words to watch a spider. I really don't have to worry much about them though because my other cat Bug, is named so because she loves to chase, kill and usually eat bugs.
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• United States
15 Mar 07
Moses & Leo - My beautiful cats Moses and Leo.
That is really cool!! I wish I had mine trained like that too. I think she really had the best repsonse. I think they understand if we take the time to train them. My older cat Leo understands quiet a bit. He comes (usually) when we say "Come", he knows what "No" means, and a few other things. Our youngest cat is learning but he's so hyper it has taken him longer to learn than Leo did.
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• United States
15 Mar 07
Your kitties are so cute! I love striped cats!
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• United States
26 Feb 07
I know so called experts say that cats don't have the ability to understand what we say but I think they are full of it.I have had cats all my life and when ever I would yell at them they would stop what they were doing.I believe that cats are more intelligent then they are being credited with.
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@Randync (544)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I think they understand more they want us to think they do. I believe most of them do know when they are doing something they shouldn't. They probably react more to tone of voice than the actual words though.
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• India
26 Feb 07
i had a cat who is no more now, sadly. but when she was me me, i knew she could understand me, even what i'm feeling at the moment when i was looking into her eyes. there was no need of a language to communicate to her what i wanted to say her.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
my cat talks to me... yes I know I'm nuts, but really everytime i call her she meows, and everytime I ask her to do something she meows. She can also knock on doors when she wants in or out... So yes I do think my cat understands me... I just have to learn to understand her!
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I really think they do. I wish I knew how they understand us but my cat listens to whatever I tell her.. I would love to know what she thinks in return though.
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I think that they understand what we are saying. If you usually use the same words when you are saying something, they learn what the words mean. My cats know that when we say "food" it means that it's time to eat. They know that when I say "stay of the counters" that they have to move or I'm going to move them. And they know that when I say "no" there's a chance that they will get a mist of water in their face. So, the more they hear the same words, the more they understand what you are saying.
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15 Mar 07
Moomin - This is my best side - lol
Moomin understands exactly what I am saying a lot of the time. "Food" is her favourite word:-) but I do believe cats can understand perfectly well what we mean, they simply chose to ignore it - lol
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• United States
15 Mar 07
"Kitty treats" is my cats favorite words. They get canned food after I say that. Moomin is so cute and I love her name. How did her name come about?
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@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
16 Mar 07
My cat generally understands; he just doesn't always mind. He's like any toddler.
• Indonesia
6 Mar 07
i think my cats can understand me.i agree with you, they have brain.
@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I think so, because i used to have a cat myself, she stops when i tell her to stop what shes doing- and whats good about them is that they also seem to know what you feel too- like when i go home tired from school- and i had a bad day, she would come to me and rub her body on my leg till so i pick her up and put her on my lap, and just rests there, like she's telling me that its alright, and she lets me comb her fur and it kinda makes me feel better in return.. =)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Yes i do without a doubt! Especially my older cat Dude..hes 14..but i got him as a Christmas Present 7 yrs ago..when i ask him if hes hungry he runs to his bowl and meos and rubs on me..If i want him to lay on me..I say i neeed lovin..and he jumps on me and gives me all sorts of lovin,,if he has been bad..i will tell him to go to his room..lol..and he does..hes the best cat ever! and the best thing that came out of that realtonship lol!
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@Sengrath (210)
• Romania
30 Mar 07
i think that cats form reflexes... they respond to our repetitive actions by reflexes. they o learn something ..but not our language... Me for instance. I raise my hand threatening like and say loud NO... and she got used to this action ..and moves away ..from what she was doing
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 07
Yes all animals Understand us I can sit and hold a conversation with my little Dog and he will listen to every Word I say and sometimes put his little Comment in lol
@txwoman36 (173)
• United States
18 Mar 07
i sometimes i think they do then other times i wonder. i know that if you tell a cat no they seem to understand what that means.