I love talking to Annie. She has the most expressive face and listens so intently. I think she knows every word I say to her.
Cats need to see your eyes when you talk to them and will often blink in response to your voice.
Try it. Look at your cat and obtain eye contact. Speak to your cat in a calm, quiet voice. Blink your eyes a few times. This is a very non-threatening gesture.
Here Annie is saying "Gawd woman, go do something with your hair."
Your cat also talks to you through it's tail position.
When moving the tail side to side your cat is showing that it is very relaxed.
A quick shiver of the tip of the tail is telling you your cat is irritated.
A flipping motion says "I'm ready to attack"
A happy and content cat will hold it's tail high. This is the healthiest position.