What do kitties think of people

Can cats understand people?

You've probably wondered if your little darling understands you when you talk to him. Sometimes it almost seems to us that our furry friends can understand every word we say - but then they seem to ignore most of it. But can cats actually understand people and how well can people interpret the language of cats?

Your cat understands you

A study by Japanese researchers on communication between humans and cats, published in the magazine "Nature" in the article "Domestic cats (Felis catus) discriminate their names from other words" (Sci Rep 9, 5394 - 2019) * suggests exactly this conclusion: domestic cats actually react when they hear their name - even when a stranger calls them. Cats are probably even able to interpret human gestures (e.g. pointing a finger at the bowl with fresh food) and behaviors.

Nevertheless, you shouldn't hope for too much understanding from your sweetheart: cats just have their own mind and they like to enforce it. Instead, ask yourself how you can really learn to understand your little protégé. If you try to learn cat language, you will soon be able to empathize with your cat better.

How good is your feline

Do you know what your cat is trying to tell you with her meowing, nudging, or other behavior? Our house tigers communicate a lot with us humans, but they are often not understood at all or even misunderstood. Behavioral research in cats not only helps to better understand their language, but also to improve their habitat. By paying more attention to the needs of your velvet paws, you can avoid many problems in advance.

Observing your cat will also help you to better interpret its behavior. Watch her in everyday life and see what your darling likes to do, what she likes less and how she behaves.

Learn to understand the cat's body language!

This is important in properly interpreting cat language and communicating with them successfully. A relaxed wink, freely translated from the feline, means, for example, that your sweetheart is smiling at you.

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What problems can arise from misunderstandings?

Even our smallest roommates feel the pressure at work or in the family. Many cats and other pets suffer from insufficient attention. Neglect leads to "deficiency symptoms" and consequently to behavioral disorders that can also be unpleasant for people. More and more pets have to go to the vet due to the consequences of an inappropriate attitude, many simply suffer in silence. This not only means stress for the animals, but also avoidable costs for humans.

Some think that behavior problems in cats can be resolved simply through living space management. Admittedly, moving the furniture can sometimes work wonders. What is really important, however, is the interaction, i.e. the communication and behavior between:

  • Cat and human
  • Cat and conspecifics (here there are gender-specific, age-related and many other differences)
  • Cat and other roommates (such as dogs, rabbits, etc.)

In the course of their lives, people learn to communicate with others in a wide variety of ways and to make themselves understood. As soon as an animal roommate moves in, many people assume that they automatically understand our language. However, we do not learn the language of animals, so misunderstandings often arise. By learning your cat's language and properly “listening” to it, you can avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and dangerous situations.


Cats have the ability to partially understand us humans, even if they don't always do what we want them to do. However, this is mostly because we are not communicating with them properly. In order to be able to live harmoniously with one another, it is essential that you also understand your cat's language.