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Warpy

(112,134 posts)
11. So can your cat
Wed May 15, 2024, 01:26 AM
May 15

only you have to convince them it's in their best interest to listen.

Case in point: one of my rescues only seemed to understand "no" until I tried Spanish to ask him if he wanted his dinner or other typically cat oriented things. That cat never learned a single word of English. He reacted dramatically to Spanish.

I just considered myself lucky he didn't learn one of the native languages.

It makes sense. Everything needs to learn a library of sounds to be able to distinguish prey from predator. In addition, some animals, most notably prairie dogs, have a fairly well developed language, describing humans as sex, color of clothing, and whether they look like they are armed. I don't know if they share the FOXP2 gene necessary for language with mice, alligators, songbirds, chimpanzees....and genus homo.

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