I am fairly good at communicating with cats. They seem to be about as intelligent as humans, although if you treat them like animals they will get
angry and spiteful and sabotage you to show their discontent.
Communicating with cats involves watching their body language, using your body language and speaking to them like a human hoping they eventually catch
on to human language.
When a cat meows, he or she is communicating with you. Listen to the tone of the meow. Is it a question? Is it a command? Is it an observation? Is it
excitement? Does the cat want attention? Does the cat want food?
My cat Max recently meowed to call attention to the fact that he wanted some parts of my room clean so that he could more easily navigate over shelves
and tables. When Max wants out of the room, he will look at me and stand next to the door.
If you want your cat to learn something, teach them using body language. I teach my cats not to get in my work area, which is the area directly in
front of me. My cat Elmer likes to cuddle, so I am teaching him how to lay still to my right -
Meanwhile, I found out that Max likes classical music. Both cats know how to open and close doors even if they are shut.
Cats can basically learn whatever, as long as it makes sense and has utility.
People can have trouble communicating with cats if:
1) The people are too arrogant to treat the cat as an equal
2) The person in question is bad at communication, and doesn't understand tonal or body language
3) The person in question is shallow, and expects the cat to perform petty tricks for his or her entertainment
4) The person in question is controlling and has rules with no intelligent point
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