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Talks With Cats
Since I live alone, I'll often spend long periods of time in silence. Last night after work, for example, I treaded on my treadmill (four miles!) for awhile, catching up on Scrubs episodes on my ReplayTV. As I was heading back upstairs, I wondered if my voice was working, since it had been scratchy earlier in the day. So I spoke aloud in order to hear it, "How's my voice doing?" I then answered my own question. "Not too bad... I'm just a little hoarse."

Then I noticed my cat staring at me, giving me kind of a strange look. I heard my comment again in my head, and realized how confusing it must have sounded to her. Pets aren't very good with homonyms, after all.

So I joked to her, "And you're just a little cat, aren't you?" She sniffed at me. Then we walked upstairs together.

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devnul From: devnul Date: January 19th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I talk to my cats all the time, from the moment I get home and say hello (literally, I get down on the floor and get sniffs and cuddles) to when I leave the next day and admonish them to be good and stay out of trouble.

They actually understand a few words, like "up" and "sit". They understand but ignore "down" and "no".
fachless From: fachless Date: January 19th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Winston doesn't understand "no" either. He always gives me the look that says "the crunching of this plant is too loud and I can't hear you."

I find that I like talking to the cat, sometimes more than people. He seems interested in my day (as long as I'm sitting on the edge of the tub so he can eat), and walks me to the door when I leave in the morning.

Cats are good. :)

PS! Congrats on still using the treadmill! Keep up the good work!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 19th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
i only like talking to the cats because they don't talk back. they might chirp or meow, but there's no bullshit and no drama.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: January 19th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had occasion where I spent so much time alone that, when I finally spoke again, my voice sounded tinny. I call it my Darth Lahabiel voice.

If you ever hear your cats answer you back when you talk to them, time to start taking it easy on the old catnip.... :P
From: bloggingchick Date: January 19th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I talk to my cat constantly. She understands quite a bit. She even comes to me when I call her (of course she assumes I have food to offer her & is disappointed if I don't).

My cat even knows the sound of my car when I get home. I park directly in front of my apartment & as soon as I pull up she runs to the doorwall & waits for me, then goes to the front door to greet me. A friend who was inside waiting for me on a few occasions says the cat pays no attention to other cars & only ran to the doorwall when I pulled up. She also sees me off every morning.
mevam From: mevam Date: January 20th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I talk to my cat, but I always seem to use my ridiculous baby voice when I do.

"Who's a cutie-wootie kitty-witty?"
From: bloggingchick Date: January 21st, 2006 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh heh, yeah me too. I admit I also verbalize what she might be trying to say to me.

*Me in high-pitched voice* "Quit hugging me, put me down, & just put more FOOD IN MY DISH!"

cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 1st, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You make me chuckle. Must spend quality time together soon.
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