Talking to Cats
I am curious about how people talk to their cats. I wonder what most people do. Are you interested in sharing your thoughts? I'll start off.
I talk to my cats in two ways. When I feel very affectionate, or they are being affectionate with me, I tend to go into the "baby talk" mode and talk to them as if we are all complete idiots. When I am correcting them, I speak in a commanding voice and I also explain to them what I want and why I want it, as if they were human. Sometimes I ask them questions (don't wait for the answer). It was strange, but the other day I was typing an e-mail and couldn't remember how to spell a word (I forget which one). Gertrude was sitting next to me on the computer desk and I absently turned to her and said "How do you spell (whatever the word was)?" She stared at me blankly.
I know that cats are highly intelligent, but it is doubtful that they understand the meanings of most words or complex sentences. I do know that they understand tone and tonal differences. Yet there are times when they seem uncannily perceptive. How do you talk to you cats and what have you discovered?
I'm making a little poll (this is my first time) if you want to use that.
I think it's a fascinating subject, hope you do too!