What words do your cats understand?

(49 Posts)
Sophiedotty Wed 02-Oct-13 04:21:21

Mine understands 'Tuna' & if I say want to go out she goes to the door. My other cat that died knew tuna too. If I wanted them to come in I would just shout tuna & they would run in.

INeedSomeHelp Wed 02-Oct-13 04:25:59

Mine knows his name and will come when called. He also knows the word 'food".

Ange1972 Wed 02-Oct-13 05:03:35

Din dins!!! Lol

Soontobemama Wed 02-Oct-13 05:04:56

Mine know treats and yummies. It's embarrassing calling them in from outside by shouting yummies but it works

Fasterkillpussycat Wed 02-Oct-13 05:18:56

Mine understand 'no' but only comply when they feel like it.

feetheart Wed 02-Oct-13 06:17:30

Girlcat is currently refusing to understand any part of 'get that bl**dy mouse out of here' angry

Tuna grin and her name.

She is adorable.

Sophiedotty Wed 02-Oct-13 06:39:41

I forgot to say their name too. If I said 'No' if they were scratching the chair or anything they would stop & look at me. Think it's the tone of voice though.

worley Wed 02-Oct-13 06:44:00

"Get down" !!! From the work top,, I have cat who's taken to exploring if anythings left out she can eat... Disgusting cat. I need shares in bleach now

More dinner
Where's DS 1/2?
The name of the cat over the road.

The last 3 have to be said in a very excited tone while those things are in sight.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 02-Oct-13 08:09:44

Din-dins blush

Spiders! He comes running if you say spiders and point to the ceiling


If you gasp loudly and go ooooooohhhhhh in a "something scarys going to happen" way he puts his ears back and lowers his body while looking around to see what the danger is. It's particularly effective if dh does it.

cozietoesie Wed 02-Oct-13 08:18:45

Large vocabulary but then he's picked up a lot in all his years. You can link two words to make a slightly more complex thought but no more than two or he loses it.

What I find disconcerting, though, is just how well he's learned types of clothes and actions. He knows, for example, that putting on a jacket means I'm going outside - or that the sound of the bedside light clicking of means proper sleep or snooze. (Hence cuddle time.) You can often see the head raise under the fleece as he listens, assessing the sounds of preparation and working out whether he should come up to the top of the bed for duvet insertion.

All his learned stuff is related to him and his interests of course.


curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 08:23:13

Everything I say. They just pretend they don't until they need to use it against me.

Oh, and don't use bleach on areas where you don't want cats to go- the smell attracts them. Official True Fact, as my ds would say.

ZebraOwl Thu 03-Oct-13 21:32:28

Mine seem to know their names (I don't have to call them in, so...); they also know: breakfast; teatime; dinner; too early; not yet; toothpaste; bedtime; parcel; no!; bad cat!; good cat/boy; food; & they know various terms of endearment are positive. They know all of these in English, French & German. If my cats could speak, if would be a mix of Franglais & Denglish, I suspect. Oh & using Irish terms of endearment, of course.

CatOfTheDay Thu 03-Oct-13 23:33:58

They know their names (although I suspect Luna sometimes thinks her name is Tuna..).

Also "KIIIIIIITTENS!!!!!!" - DP started that one, it means dinner time!

chubbymummy Fri 04-Oct-13 00:13:09

Nothing, they understand nothing the useless flea-bags! "Get the fuck off my worktops!" - No response. "Stop climbing my curtains you little bastard!" - Not a flicker. "Take that headless bird out of my hallway right NOW!!!" - just results in proud purrs. "Move your arse out of my face, I can't see the TV" - arse continues to waft from right to left.
They do however understand that the fridge is where the ham is kept and therefore practically take my legs from under me whenever I go anywhere near the fridge door. And just incase I don't get the hint they are all rather vocal at saying "Haaammmm". This was the party piece of the now deceased old boy which the others must have copied as kittens - even cat haters were impressed by how clear he said it and many hours were spent trying to capture his talent on film. The old boy also liked to use the downstairs toilet, he was a shit aim though and mostly pissed on the floor (although dh isn't much better).
I once had a friend who's cat would rap the letter box when he wanted her to open the door to let him in, she swore he waited for her to get in bed before he did it!

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 04-Oct-13 00:20:03

If I pat the seat next to me, or my lap, our cat comes and curls up on the exact spot I patted.

She understands her name, and quite a bit else. She obviously thinks we speak the same language the way she persistently mews at me. If I don't get it, she shouts. Definitely a British short hair! grin

out2lunch Fri 04-Oct-13 00:36:41

ham here too

2 of mine also sit when asked to 1 knows stay there too

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 04-Oct-13 00:59:43

Names, pouch, treat, out, show me (ie if squawking for something) and no (if said with meaning). I think they know cheeky and beautiful as well.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 04-Oct-13 01:02:06

Yep, the letterbox trick. More effective when quiet, when I'm in bed either at night or during the day on nights. Clever buggers.

Sophiedotty Fri 04-Oct-13 02:33:26

These are great, thanks for sharing. The ham mew is funny. My old cat that died used to stick her head in the shopping box as she knew her tin of tuna was in there. She would sit by the fridge for ages & if we opened if she would try to climb inside. She had a definite mew when she asked for tuna. I managed to video her the last few weeks before she died.

ZebraOwl Fri 04-Oct-13 06:23:54

Mine call me "Mum". Seriously. It freaked me right out the first time they did it.

notnowImreading Fri 04-Oct-13 06:30:39

'Bum bum.' She had a prolapsing bowel a year or so ago and when it came out I had to call her over and put it back in. If I say 'bum bum' to her even now she backs up to me and braces herself!

out2lunch Fri 04-Oct-13 18:46:30

mine too zebra

out2lunch Fri 04-Oct-13 18:47:22

mine too zebra

CatOfTheDay Fri 04-Oct-13 19:37:15

One of mine said "Brian" once. I have no idea who Brian is!

EllieQ Fri 04-Oct-13 23:06:05

Her name; breakfast; dinner; bedtime; no! (though she won't actually obey me when I say no); do you want to go out?

She probably understands 'you can use the cat flap, you know' but just ignores us when we say it smile

LynetteScavo Fri 04-Oct-13 23:12:59

I used to have a cat who could say "out" and "food".

My cats know their names, and one of our cats responds two pats on your thigh, which means he has to jump up on you, and he always does.

mine know that if they hear the back room door opening when they are outside, it's me coming in, & they come running smile

they both know their names

the naughty one who jumps up on kitchen counters knows NO!!! & DOWN!!! (doesn't stop her doing it when I'm not there though hmm)

TamzinGrey Fri 04-Oct-13 23:17:35

Mine doesn't understand anything that I say to her, but she expects me to understand everything that she says to me. Today we had a loud one sided conversation that involved a cushion being removed from a chair that she wanted to sit on.

Catmint Fri 04-Oct-13 23:19:56

Not much, so far. Trying to teach her the family whistle, and, NO!

Getting a sense that she suspects her name is her name, but no proof, yet.

Our cats know their names,
Sit ,stay wait .
I always treat them as dogs and it seems to workgrin

ZebraOwl Sat 05-Oct-13 09:01:22

Mine say NOW very petulantly when we're disagreeing about whether or not it is dinnertime & the whole time their food's being put down & they're doing the Bisto-kitty dance outside the kitchen.

PlainLardy Tue 08-Oct-13 13:46:32

Love this thread!

Mine knows his name, 'tea-time', fish, bye-back-soon, milk, playtime & bird. BUT he only understands these words when I say them; if anyone else says them he just stares at them blankly grin

ZebraOwl Sun 13-Oct-13 14:48:30

Found out today mine know the word "noodles". They are very keen on the Animonda Chicken, Duck & noodles pouches that are included in the range of wet foods they get for breakfast. When my brother asked what I was having for lunch & I replied "noodles" the cats suddenly came galloping into the kitchen at full tilt looking VERY optimistic. And paid an awful lot of attention to my meal. And saying "no, MY noodles" got me swatted at crossly.

My cats are special. Yes, yes, they are.

VenusStarr Mon 14-Oct-13 20:42:44

Mine know their names, 'are you hungry?' And 'bedtime' grin

EnlightenedOwl Mon 14-Oct-13 21:54:01

Tea time
roly poly (honest he does roly polies ifyou say this)
Get down!
(there's a theme here)
bic bics (go cat!)

tabithasmum23 Tue 15-Oct-13 09:24:53

Mine says Hello in different tones depending on if she's calling me or Mr Tabitha. Hello is usually her asking where we are and Alright is said on finding us. So first it's herroooo..alwiit. She understands absolutely everything and I think she knew she had an appointment with the vet I had forgotten about!

Ohwhatwitcheryisthis Tue 15-Oct-13 09:30:04

you fucking little twat!
no actually they dont understand (neither does ds)

tobiasfunke Tue 15-Oct-13 09:36:32

If I stand at the back door and whisper the word Tuna the 2 pests will turn up in less than a millinanosecond. If I stand there and yell their names- nothing.
We had a cat who DH taught to say 'Eh-0h' for hello as in the Tellytubby way. It was v funny. We thought he was a cat genius but turned out he was the thickest cat we had ever owned and he was a bit of a one trick pony. Sweet and furry though. I miss him.

Mrsdavidcaruso Thu 17-Oct-13 18:22:40

Mine know their names and will respond to them individually I have Alfie, Harvey and Maisie which sounds similar

If I am in the same room as them and call one the others wont respond however If I am in the Kitchen and call Harvey the others will rush in in case Harvey is getting something they're not

Oh and Din Dins

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 17-Oct-13 19:37:16

We all use din-dins don't we? Like their furry toddlers.

I heard my old ndn saying "dogg-y, yes it's a dogg-y isn't it?" To him one afternoon.

catameringue Fri 18-Oct-13 00:05:00

Two of mine know their names.
The words no, oi, stop also feature.
The sound of a treat packet
The key in the front door

And I think they know when I say to dh its bed time as they immediately zoom up to the bedroom and camp under the bed.

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Fri 18-Oct-13 17:25:03

Mine know nom noms as in its nom noms time! Brekkie, and din dins. Lillie knows her name, as does shadow. Storm, well, he's a bit dim!

They also know my routine inside out and I find myself saying, Lillie, no it's not nom noms time yet, I haven't got my make up on .....

My little dilly cat always knew I was on my way home by racing to the front door, DP reckoned that given I always turned up a few minutes later I hadn't even turned into our road!

usualsuspect Fri 18-Oct-13 17:27:48

His name.
Do you want to go out?
Do you want to come in?

LeGavrOrf Fri 18-Oct-13 17:49:47

Only one of them responds to her name, but that's our fault for calling them things like kittycats, kittens, boys, girls, little fuckers, fluffy wuffys, babies and all sorts of crap collectively instead of just calling the cats by their names.

I am embarrassed to say that when it is feeding time I sing a song which makes them come running from all over.

Also they recognise our car engine noises, and sit on the drive awaiting our arrival.

trinitybleu Fri 18-Oct-13 18:20:35

Their names, out, down, food?, milk?. find DD and kisses. OH also does 2 different meows for food and milk and they respond to the one they want.

My face thing is when one of them comes in she repeatedly shouts a meow that sounds exactly like how my DD shouts hello when she comes in. As soon as you call back "up here!" or whatever, she reverts to her normal meow or chirps and comes to find you.

loraflora Fri 18-Oct-13 18:29:25

My old cat would run to the door when she heard DH's car. DH no longer car commutes but our current one doesn't seem to behave like that.

Answers to all of the following periodically
Clicking noises/kissing noises

Will run up if she hears treat box being shaken.

Runs away if she hears no.

BonaDea Fri 18-Oct-13 18:31:54

Mine 'know'

'Kittens' (a joint shout from the back door)
Their names
Breakfast (we use this word for all their meals - we're weird)

Think that's it.

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