Oct 10, 2007 #3 K. katz4life TCS Member. The International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants' 2015 Feline Behaviour Conference - yes that's a real thing - heard that humans are the problem: we don't understand what cats … My cats know when I am happy, sad, angry, ect. Yes, cats DO understand English, or any other language they are brought up around. They do understand words (or rather, sounds) in any language. I do not own cats..I am allergic to their hairs but my friend does so I will alert her. Whatever language is most commonly spoken around any household, an animal will learn to understand. Cats speak by using complex combinations of body language, vocalization, and scent cues. Humans have a special relationship with house pets, and a full 62 percent claim that their pets understand the words that they speak [source: USA Today].While there's no way to know exactly how much Fido gets what you're saying, scientists have proven that some dogs, apes and even dolphins can understand spoken language. Well, same question for cat owners in Spain, do cats understand Spanish? They also have words for us. Learn how to recognize cat language basics, and figure out the most common combinations, to understand what your cat is saying to you and to the other pets in your family. 1 decade ago. 0 0. busybee26. The researchers added that after 10,000 years of living with humans, domestic cats have the ability to communicate with us, and, generally speaking, we seem to understand them. Many pet owners talk to their companion animals, but whether or not they understand what you are saying is another thing. Joined Jul 24, 2007 Messages 3,667 Reaction score 2. I can tell by their behaviour just as you may with another human. valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on July 30, 2010: Some cat breeds are known for that, eternal evolution. There are some bi-lingual cats - the ones that live in bi-lingual households but there are not large numbers of them. Dogs do not understand English or any other human-created language. German cats only know German and so on. My dogs don't respond to hissing, but my cats do. They do understand words (or rather, sounds) in any language. I don't think you could hold a conversation with a cat about how your day went at work or how you need to take your car to get fixed and have them understand you but I do think that cats understand emotion. No, not all cats understand English. One might say they are multi-lingual! Top Cat. Researchers attached small video cameras to cats and let them run around for a few weeks, then downloaded the data. My vet tells me that cats can understand up to about 100 English words. This makes talking to our cats into a powerful training tool. But I have also seen my cats act in ways which indicate that they appreciate, and somewhat understand, explanations. When it comes to cats, the answer is yes, with a … Cats "understand" meaning, tones, vibes, connections (i.e., you say some word, dinner, for instance) and when the cat hears it and associates it gets fed it shows up but that doesn't mean it … It's common knowledge that dogs have the capacity to understand a variety of words, but do cats possess the same ability? I’m not saying cats will sit through Shakespeare; heck, I know people who don’t want to sit through Shakespeare. After observing pet cats for several years, he's come to an intriguing conclusion: They don't really understand us the way dogs do. My vet tells me that cats can understand up to about 100 English words powerful training tool language! 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