Hi everybody! Molly, from Cat Behavior Solutions, here with your Bonding Tip of the Week. This week’s bonding tip is: talk to your cat in a high-pitched voice.
Cats hear in a higher-frequency range than we do. Researchers say that cats can actually hear bats chirping, and they can distinguish between different species of rodents based on the sounds they’re hearing. You know how sometimes you’re lying in bed and the cat’s sleeping calmly, but then all of a sudden, they raise their head and go, “Wait, what was that?” Maybe they’re hearing mice talking in your attic.
Studies have shown that as a result of this higher-frequency hearing range, cats actually prefer sounds that are high-pitched. And, as a result, those studies have also shown that cats prefer women’s voices. We think that’s probably because a lot of women talk in a higher-pitched voice, at least compared to most men.
You know, you guys hear me baby talk, like, “Pico! Come on Pico! You’re so cute, come here Pico!” And as I’m doing that he’s coming over to me, by the way. Even though it may seem a little over-the-top, it’s more than fine to talk to your cat in your favorite high-pitched baby voice, ‘cause they like it. They much prefer it to you calling them in a deep voice, like, “Pico, come on Pico.” …He’s looking at me very weird.
So this week’s bonding tip: talk to your cat in a high-pitched voice, and until next week, keep calm and purr on!
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