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A 13-year-old cat in Florida has a vocabulary of about 50 words, using an augmentative alternative communication (ACC) device. These devices have previously been used by dogs, but Billi appears to be the first cat using an ACC device. The creator of the device was skeptical about cats using the buttons, but is now intrigued by the way cats are using the device differently from dogs. For more about Billi and her skills, visit Salon.com.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I reflected on setting intentions for the New Year, on Monday, I offered tips on how to make this a healthy year for your cats, on Tuesday, I shared a beautiful tortoiseshell cat journal, on Wednesday, Allegra talked about snowflakes, on Thursday, I explained how to care for your cat’s ears, and on Friday, I reviewed The Cat with Twenty Toes.

The kitty in today’s video is having the best time playing with some snow her human brought inside – enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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6 Comments on Mews and Nips: “Talking” Cat Gives Scientists Insight Into How Cats Think

  1. My one year old, Lucy, is really smart. I have taught her how to sit and stay when I want to rub her gums with a tooth gel for cats. She understands when I ask her if she is in her spot for snack time. She flies over top of Lily (my other cat) to get to her spot. She knows when I tell her to sit on her mat or when she is too early to lick my oatmeal bowl and to comeback later.

    I am amazed at how smart both of my cats are, I have had cats for over 50 years and these two are brilliant. Both Siamese, although other than one all my others were Siamese.

  2. I’d love to see a video of the cat pressing the buttons to communicate. They certainly understand much of what we say and make themselves understood pretty well.

  3. I know Tasha understands me when I tell her, Let’s go downstairs and get some breakfast. She follows me down the stairs and comes into the kitchen as I get her canned food spooned out into her bowl. My girl is so smart! I don’t believe that most cats are depressed as long as you spend time with them and love them.

  4. That’s interesting about the cat having 50 different words. I used to love it when Pono said “mama”. I really love the cat playing with snow video.

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