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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!

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!)

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

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

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 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.

Atomiksnowflake Sat 05-Oct-13 05:50:17

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

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.

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.

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Fri 04-Oct-13 23:17:12

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)

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.

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

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

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

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

mine too zebra

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