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 🙂