sub specie aeternitatis

Pet Speak

April 1, 2004

I don’t know what it is, but cute little things often make us speak in high pitched, ‘oh aren’t you the cutest thing’ voices. Not that that’s a bad thing, necessarily. In fact, the way we talk to our pets is sometimes just as funny as our pets are. This is my girlfriend talking to our cat Nyantaro (whom we more often call meow meow, or just meow), but getting no response back from her. Why is it that pets seem to know when you are trying to get them to speak, either into a microphone or telephone, and then won’t speak at all despite having been very vocal only seconds earlier? I think they’re smarter than we think they are sometimes.

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