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Do cats communicate the same way with all species?

Most cats are very smart. Smarter than most humans ever give them credit. Since cats have been identified as excellent problem solvers, they will adapt their communication methods to the animal at hand; for example, they learn how to communicate humans. My Siamese cats do not have to talk to one another or the dog, but they know what each wants and feels. However, the same cats will carry on a verbal conversation with me because they understand that humans communicate by talking.

It took me some time to realize that their vocal conversations actually had meaning. The liter box needs changing, I did not get enough dinner, leave me alone, something is wrong, etc. can be understood when I pay attention.

There are some great books on this topic. Try a library.

Steve Sample

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