Animal Communication

Till recently, some researchers believed that animal communication was ‘mechanical’, and animal languages were primitive, and indeed couldn’t be called languages at all. But hold on a minute. Take cats, for example.

Cats communicate differently from humans. And often, their methods of communication are much more effective and successful.

Felinologically speaking, using their methods (which are VERY different from humans), they get much more information from their communicative partner in seconds, while it may take humans months to know the person they have befriended.

For example, when a lady-cat encounters a feline gentlecat (whom she’ never met before), she sniffs to receive chemical information about his marital status, age, family background, where he comes from, the meal he has had recently, and many other things she’s interested in. How long would it take a human female to learn all this information about her date? And if he is not quite honest with her, how long will it take her to check all the facts he has provided? Sometimes years! While the cat gets all the information (which is very accurate) in seconds.

Are you interested in learning feline communication – ‘sniff-code’? Well… I’m not sure if you really want to know which part of the body you have to sniff in order to get the most complete information about the identity of your partner. So let’s leave it at that 🙂

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  1. Hah!!! As a person who shares a home with the Significant Seven (7 kitties, that is — all rescue kitties), I know EXACTLY which body part is to be sniffed! That said, yes, I would dearly LOVE to understand more about feline communication, but I think our lower-level brains will never be able to understand. They know when somebody will knock at the door a full 20 seconds before the knock comes. They know precisely what time I should be up in the morning, and if, God forbid, I am a few minutes late coming out of my room, they are all sitting at the door … staring! I love the picture, by the way!

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  2. Temple Grandin in her book ‘Animals in Translation’ says that animals have ‘a supersensitive apparatus’. As an example, she gives several possible ‘sensory cues’ that her friend’s cat could ‘read’ to announce her owner’s arrival home at least five minutes before it actually happened.

    Rupert Sheldrake has collected many well-known facts about animals’ ability to feel earthquakes, avalanches and other natural disasters well before they actually happened.
    I’d add more examples of extraordinary abilities that seem to rely on acute senses: Dogs may be able to ‘smell’ cancer. Cancer cells are believed to produce organic chemicals with distinctive odours that dogs can smell. Some dogs can predict epileptic seizures and even protect their humans from injury. They learn to respond with ‘first aid’ behaviour after witnessing just one seizure.

    However, there are cases that cannot be explained by just super-acute senses; there is something else involved, something that we humans don’t know yet…

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