The Secret Language of Cats by Susanne Schotz

The Secret Language of Cats

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 Schötz is hard at work on breaking the cat code. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden, where a long-standing research program is proving that cats do actually use vocal communication—with each...

Details The Secret Language of Cats

TitleThe Secret Language of Cats
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHanover Square Press
GenreNonfiction, Animals, Cats, Science

Reviews The Secret Language of Cats

  • Cat
    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...
  • Teleseparatist
    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, ch...
  • Janice Lombardo
    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!
  • Literary Soirée
    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.#TheSecretLanguageOfCats #NetGalley
  • David
    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 commun...
  • Hildegart
    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 ...
  • Tammy
    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
  • Helena Pilih
    A bit too heavy on phonetics for me. The bits that were less technical were a lot more interesting / readable.
  • Michelle Abramson
    Not well researched.
  • T
    Lots of interesting observations on feline behaviour and how to interpret the way your cat interacts with humans.
  • Peter
    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...
  • Elisa
    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.
  • Karen
    This book spoke to my nerdy side along with my cat loving soul. While the text may prove a bit dry for some, I found it interesting to read about all the research that went into this book, especially with my most recent adoption of a cat with more vocal range of chirps, squeaks grunts and meows than any other I've ever lived with. Not only does the author cover the range of vocalizations, but I also enjoyed the stories about her own cats. I don't...
  • penny shima glanz
    Drawing upon her phonetician toolbox, in The Secret Language of Cats, Schötz explores and explains her scientific analysis of the noises her favoured felines make. Are these sounds considered language? Can we develop a sound-based dictionary and grammar to help derive meaning for what a cat may be attempting to convey? The answers to these questions and more are found inside the delightful read. I enjoyed Dr Schötz's ingenuity combining her aca...
  • Ali
    This book is really fascinating. The idea of analyzing cat speech with phonetics is so interesting. Reading about the difference in tone and inflection, Im really noticing the correlation with my own cats behavior. I also really love that links to the recordings the author used are available so you can really hear the things she discusses. I dont know that the book has changed my communication with my own kitties, but it has certainly given me fo...