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Talk to the cat: this is how you become a cat whisperer

Talking to your cat regularly strengthens the bond between you and your pet. Watch how your fur nose behaves in certain situations so that you can understand it better. Important for the human-cat relationship: Talking to each other - Shutterstock / Belozerova Daria

Cats speak both with sounds and with body language when they want to say something to their hearts. The animals communicate almost silently with each other and communicate via smells and gestures. The tender maw of a baby cat when it calls its mother is an exception.

Cat whisperers watch the cat's language

If you want to become a cat whisperer, watch your cat closely. What expressions and behaviors are typical of her and in what situations does she use it? In this way you learn to interpret the signs of the cat language. Some signs are similar in most cats, for example a whipping tail when restless or low-lying ears and hissing as a defense.

In addition, each cat has individual characters to communicate with. Some fur noses mumble more than others, some make a cooing "Brrru" as a greeting, others greet you with a short "Mau". This also depends on the cat personality and partly also on the cat breed, how "talkative" your cat is.

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Speak cat language yourself

You don't have to start cooing and mumbling yourself if you want to talk to your cat. Your kitty mainly uses these sounds to adjust to you. You can, however, respond to her with body language, for example by slowly winking your fur nose with both eyes. Choose a moment when she is completely relaxed and slowly close your eyes. Then open it again very slowly. On cats this looks like a little declaration of love. But don't stare at them afterwards, which in turn interprets domestic tigers as aggression.

Have you ever seen two cats welcoming each other in a friendly way? They gently nudge their noses and rub their heads together. You can do this by holding your hand out to the back of your cat's hand. Don't push them, just let them come to you. Sniffing her hand curiously and rubbing her head against it shows her sympathy.

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Cat teach human language?

Teaching your cat words in human language is not possible directly. But cats can hear certain sounds from your words and learn to link them to a specific action. Make sure you speak to your cat in a low, gentle voice. Even if you're angry with your kitty, you shouldn't be loud, it scares her. Stay at a normal volume and just change the tone in a more specific, cooler direction.

Your cat can learn what the "no" command sounds like and that means that it is not allowed to do something. You can also teach her that "Ouch" followed by a petting stop means that she was too rough when playing. You can also teach her a cozy invitation when you knock on the sofa next to you and cheerfully say "Hop" or "Come".

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