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A new form of cat-to-human communication that
many cat owners have dreamed about…
but few have actually thought possible.

That is, until they learn about the latest science in animal communication, shocking new information which I will reveal to you in just a moment.

…on building a deeper, stronger bond with your loving feline friend.

And to be fair, one party already DOES understand the other quite well

Yes, your cat. He or she knows when you’re angry or upset, joyful or tearful.

You may have noticed this while spotting your cat’s reactions to you. Sometimes his hair will perk up on his back as you summon him to come over. He knows he’s in trouble!

Other times, the sound of affection in your voice will draw your cat right to your loving emb

Researchers in Tokyo, Japan found out this lesson through a careful scientific analysis.

“The Japanese researchers found that cats understand
humans, not just by voice tone but also by identifying
certain words including their names, the owner’s name,
various commands you’ve used, and many other
stunning eavesdropping techniques that you
had no idea about…”

They even understand our body language and vocal inflections.

As the parent, owner, whatever you wish to call yourself, your furry friend looks up to you, and has evolved to learn to communicate with those who stand above them and provide care.

Here’s the thing though… you probably have none of this skill. Not until you’ve finished this presentation, anyways.

But that’s okay.

Cats may have been domesticated to deal with us.
But we need to use our own brains to return
the communication back.

The Tokyo Research results on cat language understanding sent a shockwave across the animal communication field. As a fellow trainer in this area, I can tell you that this was basically our version of the 16th-century Renaissance, happening right before our eyes.

We took the lessons from Tokyo further and started seeing just how much we could communicate to these intelligent yet formerly misunderstood animals

We tested cats to see if they could tell when we were feeling shy, or relieved… more complex human emotions.

We would have participating cat owners say certain words and phrases like “Rupert, who’s the most adorable member of my family?” with a show of loving eyes, a look of compassion.

Incredibly, they showed it right back. They understood our love.

We continued this process for other emotions, both positive and negative. We were slowly but steadily building a mutual shared language between cat and human beings with every new discovery we made.

Now the process wasn’t perfect, as cats are indeed limited by various vocal and mental features that humans typically have a wider range in.

For example, cats use about 20 voice sounds to communicate to us humans. This is a fairly small number compared to the hundreds or even thousands of unique vocal sounds that humans can produce. This restrained us in some ways and forced us to use body movements to get the point across.

And boy are they subtle at times. If you shift an octave up or down, you may accidentally tell your feline friend you’re ready to do battle with her!

You can imagine how exhaustive the language deciphering process was. We are now 3 and a half years into this careful cat-to-human language process. Have we succeeded in building a mutual verbal understanding between parent and child, human and cat?
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