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1. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I always wanted to know how a Chinese cat could communicate with a French or American cat?
Do you think the animal from one country or one continent could speak to their own species in other countries with difficulties or do they need an interpreter like us to communicate with each other?
What do you think?
Have you ever had this problem with your pet that you bought it from another country ?
Love to know your opinion.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 20, 2007, at 11:42 PM by kombizz ]

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

good one kombizz:)

Never thought about this

Will think over and respond to ur thread later


3. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 9y

English - The international language ..hahaha

Seriously, unless the dog/cat is being command trained and adopted by a new master who speak different language then it can be a problem but not a big one.

Doggies with Doggies - they communicate based on movement and vocalisation and it is international ;)

4. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Doggies have universal character and even the style they propogated has universal appeal accross all the continents and accross all language barriers;)


5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Le wolf!

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting james

Le wolf!

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

The slang....try to listen to Siamese Cat .....~ MIAO~ MIAO~ MIAO~
Persian Cat MIAO! MIAO! MIAO!
Chinese Cat MIAO....MIAO....MIAO....

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

The slang....try to listen to Siamese Cat .....~ MIAO~ MIAO~ MIAO~
Persian Cat MIAO! MIAO! MIAO!
Chinese Cat MIAO....MIAO....MIAO....

Are you saying American cats talk a lot??

Interesting question, Kombizz.

My response is probably going to sound "out there" but what the hell - I'll give it a shot anyway...
I am of the mind that feral, (wild) animals do not have a communication problem as a cat will speak cat, a dog will speak dog, a gorilla will speak gorilla (whether they are highland or lowland species). I do, however, think that domesticated animals (pets) will exhibit alterations in their communications, though not enough to make them misunderstood, when compared to the same animal from another country.

Animals communicate through body language and vocalizations. The tone, pitch and frequency (repetitiveness) of the vocalization determines the message an animal is trying convey. A smaller dog (in most cases) will exhibit a raised tail while barking at a higher pitch and more often to demonstrate they are not a threat to a larger dog. A raised (unfluffed) tail, a chirping type sound and head-butting is a sign of friendship for cats. An arched back, fluffed tail and low meow sounds are interpreted as a rival. Primates rely mainly on body language, rather than vocalizations, to express the same responses except in core family units where vocalization is a key factor.

Every culture puts different emphasis on certain words or phases to get their point across within that culture. A dog or cat living with a French family will hear different emphases on the words "Good dog/cat" than one living with a family in Germany or the US or in Russia. Because of the emphatic differences, the pet will also have a different emphasis in it's bark pattern. But, since the vocalization is teamed with body language that's where the miscommunications come to a halt. Animals have shown the ability to disguise their body language when dealing with their owners but the same behavior has not been demonstrated when in the presence of their own or other species. Their disguise behavior is only portrayed to those responsible for giving food and affection.

Here's an interesting short article about the comminucation between different species.

A friend of ours breeds Burnese Mountain Dogs. Most of her clientele own American born females while her males are sent from Switzerland. Not including the sexual aspect, none of the dogs seem to have a communication problem and all get along wonderfully. Human verbal language differences don't seem to fit into the mix.