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Questions tagged [communication]

Topics involving how pets communicate, with focus on verbalization. Purring, growling, barking, as opposed to the generic *behavior* tag.

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Why does my cat's meow have no sound?

I've looked all over for an explanation. Surprisingly, there's not much information about this (most being theories). Are there any cat experts that can explain this? I've heard "the sound is too ...
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How much purring is too much purring?

I have an adolescent cat that I adopted as a kitten. For some time now I have noticed that he is purring a lot. I know that when giving affection this behavior is normal but my cat seems to start ...
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How can I tell if my cat knows his name?

I call my cat by his name, "Sterling", often, either to tell him nice things ("I love you too, Sterling") or when I need to blame him for something ("Sterling, NO. NO pushing things off of tables!"), ...
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What is this street cat trying to ask me for

There's this cat in the neighborhood which doesn't have an owner and I suspect it has never had one since she's very cautious and doesn't get very close. I left her food sometimes, lately for about ...
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Is blinking slowly at cats a way to tell them that you love them?

When I was talking to my wife last night, it came up that blinking slowly at a cat is supposed to be a way to tell them that you love them. She said that when she tried it with her parent's cats, one ...
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What forms of “body language” can be identified in snake behaviour?

Clearly, the snake's brain is far more primitive than our own so will not include "emotion" as we understand it, but there will still be identifiable reactions to different situations, which can be ...
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How hard will it be to train my parrot to talk?

I'm thinking of buying a young parrot, but I don't have much experience with parrots. So I want to know if anybody has one and how hard it would be to train the parrot to talk. I'll love any useful ...
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Are fish able to understand when one will be dying soon?

I had a really old tetra fish, who was getting weak, and the other fish were helping him get food, and were supporting him whenever he was swimming around. A few days later the fish died. Is there ...
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How to approach a dog for the first time?

We have all heard that first impressions are important. Presumably they are just as important the first time you meet a dog, as the first time you meet a person. How should I approach a dog for the ...