I can’t speak cat language and my biggest gripe with Sparrow is that he refuses to speak English. I know, I can see it in his eyes, he understands every word I am saying when I complain to him about this, but still…he just won’t. It’s probably his way of asserting his dominance over me, which is just silly. We all know who’s really in charge around here. It’s a standoff: I’m using my words, trying to coerce him into talking to me like a normal person, and he’s just sitting there saying “Nup. You’re gonna have to speak MY language”
Fine. But I’m only letting you win because apparently, you don’t have the right kind of vocal cords for making words, cat. Also, it seemed like an excuse for me to check out this Cat Language Bible that everyone’s raving about, so I grabbed a copy and we sat down for story time.
At a Glance
- What: The Cat Language Bible
- Who: Jonas Jurgella
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- Does Sparrow Approve? He purred through the whole thing.
Shocking New Research?
I’m not so sure about that. It shouldn’t be a shock to anybody who is owned by a cat that these are smart, communicative creatures, even if they’re not the noisy types. A groundbreaking study by a team of Japanese researchers recently found that cats understand not only our tone of voice but also certain words and even our body language. Jonas Jurgan, an animal researcher and animal behaviour specialist has taken this study and used it to create the Cat Language Bible, a simple and very readable guide to effective human/cat communication.
How do Cats Communicate?
All cats talk for one reason or another, but that’s not the whole story. Your cat likely has a range of different vocalisations, volumes and tones of voice to tell you what’s on his mind – there’s the happy little ‘hey, how you doing’, the whiney drawn out ‘I need something from you’, the sharp ‘back off or I will cut you’ and everything in between. But these are subtle creatures, most of a cat’s communication is non-verbal.
Everything from the direction of kitty’s ears to the way he holds his tail is telling you something. Learning these subtle nuances of cat language will enable you to correctly respond to your feline’s every wish and command, which is really all any cat ever wants.
What’s Good About it?
The Cat Language Bible is an easy read – I got through it in just under two hours. It’s short and sharp and to the point, there’s no fluff, just a whole lot of really great, comprehensive information that will teach you to understand what your cat is saying. There are lots of pictures to support each point and absolutely no jargon – all the big words are explained! It also comes with bonuses, including:
- The Cat Care Guide – everything you need to know about giving your cat the right kind of attention, affection, entertainment and support based on what he’s telling you.
- Training Your Cat – how to raise a disciplined, respectful and obedient cat using positive reinforcement and language cues.
- A – Z of Feline Nutrition – give your cat the best possible life with correct nutrition and a balanced diet.
- Lifetime Updates – as new research is uncovered the Cat Language Bible will evolve into an even more comprehensive and up to date resource for cat owned humans. Get these updates emailed directly to you, free of charge, forever.
Not a lot, really. There are a few things that I personally don’t agree with in the cat training bit – I’m not a fan of spraying cats with water to correct behaviour, for example – but that’s just me. I know a lot of people who use this method quite successfully and don’t even feel bad about shooting their cat. I love reading, but I think this information could have been presented more effectively with some video content. I found a typo or two in there as well…and now I’m just being nitpicky…
Does Sparrow Approve?
Ok, I have a crazy cat lady confession to make here. I read to my cat. He loves it. I love it. Don’t judge us. I read this to Sparrow and he sat there, enthralled, for the whole thing. He usually prefers Dr Seuss, so I was a little surprised that he was so into this. Then again, I know that he understands every word I say, so listening while I learned to speak his language must have been the greatest power trip of his life.
Am I the only crazy cat lady who talks – and reads – to her cat? Surely not! Please, make me feel better in the comments…