Wild cats stop meowing coming of age — when they no longer need to attract the attention of their mothers, demanding petting and milk. However, after domestication, cats have learned to communicate with people, until his death uttering various sounds.
To determine the exact meaning of specific signals, Swedish linguists will record the sounds of the 50 cats that live in different places. Scientists try to understand how mood affects meowing animals — as friendliness, joy, playfulness, hunger, irritation, anger are manifested in the sounds.
"Apparently, cats can consciously change the tone and the melody of his meowing is to convey to the owner a certain idea, to indicate the urgency of his message, to declare his emotional state," said lead researcher Susanne Sets.
Lund scientists hope not only to translate "cat" to "human", but to help owners better communicate with their Pets. They also plan to find out that cats prefer to be talking with them as with older people or with lovely-suzukawa intonation.
Finally, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Lincheping linguists want to check, is there any difference in the cats from two cities in Sweden accent or dialect.