A Review

Analysis of Cat's Communication Style and Cognitive Ability  

Mengyi Xu
Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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International Journal of Molecular Zoology, 2024, Vol. 14, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/ijmz.2024.14.0001
Received: 29 Oct., 2023    Accepted: 08 Dec., 2023    Published: 01 Jan., 2024
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Xu M.Y., 2024, Analysis of cat's communication style and cognitive ability, International Journal of Molecular Zoology, 14(1): 1-8 (doi: 10.5376/ijmz.2024.14.0001)


Cats, as social animals, employ various methods to communicate and express themselves. This review aims to explore the diverse communication methods of cats, including vocalizations, postures, olfactory cues, and physical contact, as well as their cognitive abilities. Vocal communication is particularly prominent, with purring, meowing, growling, and hissing conveying different emotions and needs. Additionally, postures and movements also serve as a means of communication for cats, such as body rubbing, shoulder raising, and stretching. Olfactory communication, through licking and cheek rubbing, helps cats identify identities and states. Lastly, the review delves into the cognitive abilities of cats, including olfactory acuity, spatial awareness, problem-solving skills, and emotional recognition. These unique communication methods and cognitive abilities enrich our interaction with cats, providing deeper insights into their colorful inner world.

Cat communication; Vocalizations and postures; Olfactory and physical contact; Cognitive abilities; Social interaction
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