Friday, June 1, 2012

Let's talk 'cat'.

              Our feline model today is Audacious Audrey

The following is taken from the internet. 

Feline language is a complex mix of facial expression, tail position, ear position and other forms of body language in addition to scent and sound. Cats learn to make demands of us by observing which of their sounds cause which human responses. (boy, is that ever true)
Look at that face.
As you communicate with your cat, the words you use are less important than how you say them and the body language that accompanies them. If you say "DOWN!" or "NO!" in the same tone you use for, "Good Kitty! Here's a treat," you'll confuse your cat and she'll misinterpret what you're saying. Consistency is the key to successful communication with your cat.

To correct behavior, use a loud, firm, authoritative voice, and use this same tone consistently in conjunction with body language. For example, when ordering your cat "down," make a stern face, and use one of your hands to point down.
"Oh really!"

Most cats will also respond to a sharp hissing or spitting sound as a "no" command when they are doing something seriously wrong and need to be stopped.
For praise, or when calling your cat to dinner or offering treats, use a higher-pitched "happy" voice, smile, and beckon with your hand.
If you consistently use the same voice, facial expressions and hand gestures, most cats will have no trouble understanding what you say. The more you communicate with your cat, the better the two of you will become at understanding each other.

           "Just humour her. She thinks she has all the answers."

Here's a little peak back at Audrey when she was 2 months old.

 I knew then she was full of spit and vinegar. 

The rain is on its' way. The gardens need it and it will make me stay in and clean the house. Have a good day. 

I'm joining Sweet Saturday at

hugs, Deb


  1. What a beautiful model she is !!Cat's understand a lot more than most people think .Have a great weekend

  2. Footnote: then the cat will choose to respond or not.(!!)
    Jane x

  3. Another Footnote: If the planets are lined up and I feel like I just may humor you! Audrey looks just like my Smokey Bear.

  4. OMG! Cute post! I love to comunicate with my cats!!!!

  5. Please send some rain towards Texas, we need it!
    Audrey is a beautiful cat, and you captured some wonderful pictures of her.
    Thanks for the helpful advice on communicating with my two cats....

  6. thanks for the tips...and i love the photos of your kittehs..have a great weekend.;)

  7. Fun post -- and you "nailed" the language issues! Bravo!

  8. Oh, Audrey is a beauty (my ol' girl is gray just like her but with a shorter nose)! And my cat has that same toy in the last picture and still plays with it at 17 (just not as often). She loves it!

  9. I really like the feline language information! So very interesting. And I especially love the photo of the expression where she is saying to humor you.

    Really well-laid out!!!

    Pet lovers please check out my homeless cat blog archives for some informative posts and archived stories about the cat abandoned/feral colony I manage.

  10. oh your kitty cat is so sweet!!! what a gorgeous creature!!! Love all of your cute photos Deb!!! thank you for sharing these with us for Sweet Saturdays!!!!

  11. Oh I love these photos, they are wonderful!