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I think it’s safe to assume that most of us are having extensive conversations with our cats, and at least a rudimentary understanding of “cat speak.” In The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow, Sarah Brown, PhD takes an in depth look at how cats communicate among each other and with their humans.

From the publisher:

A renowned cat behavior scientist of over thirty years, Dr. Sarah Brown has been at the forefront of research in the field. … Now, she reveals the previously unexplored secrets of cat communication in a book that is both scientifically grounded and utterly delightful. Each chapter dives into a different form of communication, including vocalizations, tail signals, scents, rubbing, and ear movements.

Did you know that the well known “meow” sound is rarely used between adult cats? Since the meow closely resembles the cries of a human infant, cats have actually figured out how to use the sound to manipulate their humans.

The book offers a fascinating look at the history of feline communication and scientific studies into the topic, along with Dr. Browns observations of two cat colonies in rural England.

This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about our often mysterious feline companions.

The Hidden Language of Cats is available from Amazon.


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3 Comments on Review: The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow

  1. Sounds like an interesting and fun read! I am putting it on my “books to be purchased and read” list. Thanks for the info, Ingrid!

  2. Pono used to have so many different meow sounds. One even sounded like mama. Lulu has the most quiet meow. Most of the time she doesn’t even open her mouth. Ir sounds mumbled.

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