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The Secret Language of Cats: How to Understand Your Cat for a Better, Happier Relationship

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying?

Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats.

Susanne Sch�tz is hard at work on breaking the cat code. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden, where a long-standing research pro
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Hanover Square Press
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Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and informative book! I was kind of hoping there was a chapter on cats who actually say human words in context! Mine calls me "ma" or "mami"(he was a kitten in a Spanish speaking neighborhood, so I assume he's heard some Spanish!), he says "Yeah!" very enthusiastically when you ask him if he wants something , and his ever popular "HELP!!" when getting a bath- even pronounces the "P"! He's a polyglot in Cat, English, Spanish, German, and a bit of Italian and French. Ah, well, I love cats and ...more
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author breaks the kitty communication code for the millions of us who live happily with feline companions. Now, we know precisely why our cats meow or growl or hiss or trill. A compelling and instructive read.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin - Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for the early read. Opinions are fully mine.

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Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, owned
Czytałam polskie wydanie tej książki i do tej wersji się odniosę. Książka nie zawiera wielu nowych informacji o kocich zachowaniach i nie ujawnia wielu tajemnic, jak obiecuje clickbaitowy tytuł, ale jest sympatycznym wprowadzeniem do tematu kocich dźwięków, artykulacji i melodii. Autorka posiłkuje się wiedzą z fonologii i własnych badań oraz obserwacji przeprowadzonych na własnych kotach i czyta się te części bardzo dobrze, choć momentami widać, że wiedza autorki o behawiorze kotów (np. ich zapo ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written by a woman who really loves cats and used her professional training in phonetics to record and classify her five cats' sounds. If you like cats, you will enjoy this. ...more
Janice Lombardo
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant use of language and phonetics to describe cat sounds. I have had the pleasure of living with cats for most of my adult years. I have heard MANY sounds and agree with the author on what they mean. Now, Dusty, Bernadette and Holly grace me with their voices, antics and love. This book, while intense, is a 5 star winner for all cat fanciers!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is a phonetician!!! This is a real ongoing linguistics research project by a real linguistics professor on cat-human vocal communication!! Genius. The narrator's reading of cat sounds in IPA was admirable but terrible. Includes stuff like a vowel chart w/overlaid cat mouth and acoustic analyses of purring using Pratt. Excellent if ur in the mood for escapist pop linguistics content! ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are a cat owner, or should I say, if you are owned by a cat, you have learned that cats make a variety of different sounds in different circumstances. For example, my cat makes a sound when I place a bowl of fresh cat food on the floor that sounds very much like a human saying, “All right!” And there are the occasional random sad sounds whose origins escape me. So, it may come as no surprise that researchers have also tried to decipher the variety of sounds that cats make. Susanne Schötz, ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book free through a Goodreads giveaway.

I requested this book because we have had 2 or more cats in the house for almost 30 years and I felt it would be interesting to learn more about the way they communicate. Our current cats, Angelo and Sandstorm, both "talk" frequently and very differently. This book improved my understanding of the vocalizations and prepared me to pay more attention to not only the sound, but the visual communication as well. Although written by a phonetician
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fun look at how cats communicate (with each other and with humans). It was fun comparing sounds to those that my cat makes. It also made me more conscious about how I interact with my cat (watching for his reaction and response).

The copy I received from a goodreads giveaway was an uncorrected proof.
Rosemary Littletoe
Drodzy posiadacze kotów, czy zastanawialiście się kiedyś co Wasz kot tak naprawdę chce Wam powiedzieć? Czy potraficie rozróżnić "miau" oznaczające przywitanie, "miau" oznaczające potrzebę i "miau" oznaczające irytację? Czy nie byłoby wspaniale gdyby powstał słownik kociej mowy, w którym moglibyśmy sprawdzić o co chodzi naszemu mruczkowi i podyskutować z nim na temat wyższości karmy z kurczakiem nad karmą z tuńczykiem? No byłoby wspaniale, niestety taki słownik nie istnieje i jest mało prawdopodo ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recently received this as a gift and it was rather apt given that I love linguistics and have recently taken in a juvenile cat from cat protection, having not cared for a cat in almost a decade. I found the phonetic approach to cat communication really interesting and refreshing, and the IPA transcriptions are really useful for discerning different sounds if you are able to/learn how to read it. I'd say it might not be up the street of people who have no interest in phonetics and it can be repet ...more
Charlotte Kane
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given this book for my birthday as I had just adopted a cat and I wanted to learn to communicate better with him. The book was fun and informative and the author has clearly put time and effort into her research - which you have access to on her website. I really enjoyed this book and I feel that me and my cat will now have a better relationship.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book free through the Goodreads giveaway. My son really enjoyed this book. He now feels like he knows his cat better. Thanks
Daniel Schulte
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This is definitely a dense technical read with plenty of phonetic jargon. I can't say that I will retain much of what I read, but I certainly enjoyed reading this book with a cat on my lap. ...more
Lynn Baker
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting in parts but a bit too technical at times . Reassuring to learn that cats can train their owners, our 2 have us wrapped around their little paws😂
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This author loves cats even more than me.
Helena Pilih
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit too heavy on phonetics for me. The bits that were less technical were a lot more interesting / readable.
Allyson Ba-ay
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is such a bad book. I learnt more about random cat facts scrolling through my facebook than actually reading this book that is supposed to be about cats. What a waste of time and energy.
Michelle Abramson
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not well researched.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Seems like its written more for someone who knows a lot about language and phonetics rather than your average reader
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting observations on feline behaviour and how to interpret the way your cat interacts with humans.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Susanne Schötz houdt van katten en is hoogleraar fonetiek, twee liefhebberijen die ze wilde combineren in wat De Geheime Taal van Katten is geworden.

Wat zou ik dit graag een leuk boek gevonden hebben: een wetenschappelijke benadering van kattengedrag, what's not to like? Het resultaat is helaas uitermate teleurstellend voor mensen die serieus inzicht willen krijgen in kattentaal. De eerste helft van het boek weerspiegelt de poging van Schötz om kattengeluiden op fonetische wijze te beschrijven e
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not what Schotz calls a cat-fancier. I am an all-out, nothing is more perfect-they are better than chocolate cat lover who adores every cat who's ever existed since Ancient Egypt. As such, this book is amazing. I did learn a few things that I didn't know, but it might not be a good book for casual cat aficionados. ...more
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