Hello! I'm Dr Doevenless, the PKC Herald expert on the real world of cats and dogs. This week I'm going to introduce you to 'Cat', the language that you can use to talk your pet cat. I have included the basics on Cat, as well as actions that mean things too. Now, obviously you won't be able to do some of the more technical things with your ears, but you will know what they mean when you see them on a cat!
Mow - Pronounced as 'Cow', with your tongue is at the top and back of your mouth.
BRrup - Pronounced as if the 'Rr' sound was a sort of 'rl' sound. The sound is rolled on the tip of your tongue.
Tail Twitching - Last 2 inches of the tail taps gently.
Tail Waving - Half the tail or more waves hard through the air.
Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Tight Shut
Ears forward and close together
Ears back and folded
Ears facing forward but held lower and far apart. Eyes will be wide.
The Blink - Close your eyes slowly and open the slowly while looking at the cat.
The Gentle Reproach - Close your eyes slowly and look away from the cat slowly. Then open your eyes.
The Hiss - Mouth open, top lip curled up so your 'fangs' show, tongue high in your mouth and blow hard over your tongue.
The Growl - Your mouth should do what a lion's mouth does when it does a little roar. Starts of open but ends up almost closed. Roll the growl at the back of your throat and make is deep and long and sudden.
The Purr - A continuous rolling sound at the back of your throat.
The Scent - Scent glands are under the jaw, along the side of the cat and under the tail.
Well, I expect you to all go and have long, worthwhile conversations with your cats now, and develop a wonderful, respectful relationship! I personally am going to have a bath. My cat talks too much anyway. Let me know if you have any success with the language Cat! You can email me at the PKC Herald email address, whatever that it (I never pay attention to these things). Next week I will be talking about dogs and their body language.
Until next time, BRrup Mow!
- Dr Doevenless, your expert on the Real World of Cats and Dogs.
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