“Are you cold on your paws, my kitten?”, yes cats understand that we are talking to them – Liberation


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According to a French study, domestic felines make the difference between sentences intended for other humans and the silly intonation adopted when speaking to them. But they are only interested in the voice of their master.

“Oh my teddy bear, are you sleeping halfway under the duvet? Were you cold on your little paws? The teddy in question isn’t really sleeping – he just wiggled an ear in our direction and started purring. “Oh yes, you know I’m talking about you, huh my hairy shrimp?” Of course he knows people are talking about him. Cats recognize very well the stupid voice that their human companion takes to address them, and it is now scientifically proven.

“The way dogs react to speech addressed to them has aroused the interest of scientists. But we know much less about how cats perceive the speech addressed to them.note Charlotte de Mouzon, Marine Gonthier and Gérard Leboucher in their study, published this Tuesday by the journal Pet Cognition. These three French ethologists wanted to know if domestic felines know the difference between the sentences exchanged between adult humans, and the sentences they intend for them, animals.

Like when we talk to babies

They brought together 16 students at the Maisons-Alfort veterinary school (Val-de-Marne), with their respective cats. The felines were placed in an unfamiliar but welcoming room (a school dormitory converted into an ethology lab for cats, with hiding places, toys, litter boxes, etc.). They were in the company of their human, s

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