The cat’s miaow or purr-fect nonsense: can an app translate for your feline friend? | Claire Cohen – Rights History
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The cat’s miaow or purr-fect nonsense: can an app translate for your feline friend? | Claire Cohen

Like millions of others, I talk to my pet all the time, but I’ve always wondered what she’s actually saying

There are frenzied episodes of growling. Chirps, seemingly in greeting. Purrs of apparent relaxation. And the miaows – for food, affection, to be let out of the window and then back in again. Then out again. Then back in again.

If you live with a feline, these noises will be the soundtrack to your life, something Britain’s 12 million cat owners have become even more familiar with while working from home. Having recently gone freelance, my cat is now my main conversation partner during daylight hours. Except, it’s rather one-sided, isn’t it? I chat away while she replies by sliding her green eyes from side to side, flopping on to a cushion, or noisily licking her backside. Then again, perhaps her name is to blame for the uncertainty: Maybe.

Claire Cohen is the author of BFF? The Truth About Female Friendship

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