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#1 Old 01-27-2006, 03:42 AM
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I talk baby talk to my cats. I can't help it. I've never had human kids, so my cats sorta fill the "infant" gap. I say things like "Well, aren't you my poopie boopie oopie widdle moopie!" as I pet them.



In the book 250 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cat Adore You, Ingrid Newkirk tells readers NOT to talk baby talk to their cats. Cats have a dignity and presence, she says. Well, I agreed with that when I first read it.



But I just can't stop. And I've finally decided to stop feeling guilty about it. My cats will eat the food I give them and wedge themselves between my knees when I'm in bed either way.



And I know I'm not alone. I've seen my sister do it with her dog, sorta. When the dog is "ready" to go outside and do her business after meals, my sister, in the exact same voice she used when her kids were infants, says "Do you want to go pishie-poopoo?"

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@ Ingrid Newkirk. If she thinks all cats have a "dignity," she should meet a couple of mine



We talk in "cat voice" to our cats, which is somewhat similar to baby talk. They like it. It means they know when we are talking to them.
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No.

My dogs are probably mentally more mature than me.
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#4 Old 01-27-2006, 04:34 AM
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No.

My dogs are probably mentally more mature than me.





I talk normal to my dog. My cats well, we have a special kind of language.
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OMG, I am so guilty of this, it's humiliating!
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LOL, my new room mates probably think I'm insane, I had a whole long conversation with my cat before I left to get the iguana. "Are you going to be good for daddy? No? Is that because Mommy coddles her little squishy kitten? Are you mommy's squishy kitten friend?" and so on in a high pitched baby voice... My cat seems to favor me to anyone else living afaik so I guess she doesn't mind.
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I baby talked to my cat when she was a baby but now that she is grown I talk in a normal voice to her but I use sentences like " Come to mommy." and stuff like that. I still refer to myself as mommy to her and that is the way she sees it because she hid under the bed the first time she went into labor with kittens and would not come out for me or anyone else until I said "Come to mommy baby, I'll make it better." She bolted out of the bed and straight into my arms as soon as I let the word mommy come out of my mouth lol.
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umm... no.



I sing to them though.
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I'm guilty. I also talk to them as if they're human.
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Yes, and I sing stupid songs too! I do it more frequently to the Chihuahua since she's still very young (1 yr), but the old dog just doesn't seem to bring it out in me as much.

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I am actually unable to talk normally to all animals. Even if we go to the park and there's a goose walking around near us I'll start saying "Look at the little goosey poo, heeere little goosey goose". I get the stinkeye a lot
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I have a really annoying habit of talking to my pets instead of the adults in the room with me. "Isn't Sally's dress pretty? Yes it is, yes it is. You are sniffing it because she looks so nice in her new dress and haircut." I know I sound like a complete moron, but I can't stop myself. I also do this with infants, but I didn't do it with my own babies. Just animals and other kids.
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I have "baby names" for all of my 5 cats. Boomer is my Boomer Bear Boom Boomaloom He definitely prefers being seen as the alpha male that he is, though, lol, but Balter (the other male) loooves being babied and to be carried around hanging over my shoulder (perhaps because he's only 6 months old).
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But of course! I call Ruby and Juno "baby-girl" and Zeus "Zuesie-woosie my big baby-boy" all said in a baby voice. Weirdly enough, I've never felt compelled to speak to children like that (I don't have any).
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I talk to my soon to be two years old dog in baby and my new little ten week old black lab in baby talk i do not talk to our fish and i sort of never see our cat
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i do to my rats sometimes, but i don't think i would to cats/dogs
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#17 Old 01-27-2006, 11:20 AM
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I don't know that it's really "baby talk", although I answered "yes" in the poll. Let's just say I'd be embarrassed if anyone else heard how I talk to them when no humans are around.



Okay, I don't always talk dumb to them. But sometimes... for example, my cat has gotten a bit overweight, and I'm carefully measuring her food like my vet advised. I explain to her that humans have to be careful what they eat too, so they don't get sick... like, she's going to understand????!!!!....

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Nope. I see I'm in the minority, too.



I can't stand baby talk. I hated it when I was a kid, and hate seeing other people do it to babies, kids and animals. So I don't do it myself.



But I do still talk to the animals. Just not in a baby voice.
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Yes. Embarrassingly, yes. To my rats a little bit, to my sister's cat a little bit, but to my Molly (cat) a whole lot.

I don't refer to myself as her mum/mommy, though. I'm 'her Katie'.
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I would never use that horrible baby-talk voice, no. But I do talk to my dog and give him spur of the moment nic-names, like Chipper, Chipper chu, Chipper roo, Goober roo, etc. I do it to my mouse too (Zoomy zoo!), but never to cats.
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I'm more likely to insult my cat than baby-talk her - she doesnt seem to mind as long as she gets fed or stroked.



One of my friends pointed out that my cat actually answers to smelly beast and fleabag now, so maybe i should talk nicer
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@ Ingrid Newkirk. If she thinks all cats have a "dignity," she should meet a couple of mine



We talk in "cat voice" to our cats, which is somewhat similar to baby talk. They like it. It means they know when we are talking to them.



same with us.
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i don't talk "baby talk" to my cat, no. but i don't talk "baby talk" to little children or babies, either.



i DO use a softer tone of voice, however.
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I call my cat Marcie "Moo-moo"! When I feel really baby-talky, I call her "Moo-moo kitty-witty baby"!
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No. I speak to my dogs in full sentences with a good variety of vocabulary and.....well, before I had dogs, I talked to myself. Now I talk to them. Only, I talk a lot more and about a wider range of subjects.



And I HAVE caught myself asking them a question and then pausing while looking expectantly at them for an answer. Sure, they can answer "Who wants to go poop in the park?" But when I ask for their OPINION on something like the layout of a class handout and then wait for an answer....that's gotta be trouble!
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But of course! I call Ruby and Juno "baby-girl" and Zeus "Zuesie-woosie my big baby-boy" all said in a baby voice. Weirdly enough, I've never felt compelled to speak to children like that (I don't have any).



heh heh, i call my cat "babygirl", "fuzzbuns", and "puddin' paws" so of course she gets some babytalk (but she loves being coddled and snuggled, so she must like it)



My sister and I actually developed a "language" that our cats talk back to us in. It's sassy. I just think it's funny to know a cat so well that sometimes you do know what they are thinkin' when you talk to them.
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no, but i talk in a higher tone to birds because it catches their interest more.
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#28 Old 01-28-2006, 12:13 PM
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I wouldn't say I use "baby talk", but I do use a lighter tone of voice and it's more of a "sweet talk". They know when I'm talking to them rather than talking to other people.
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No. I speak to my dogs in full sentences with a good variety of vocabulary and.....well, before I had dogs, I talked to myself. Now I talk to them. Only, I talk a lot more and about a wider range of subjects.



And I HAVE caught myself asking them a question and then pausing while looking expectantly at them for an answer. Sure, they can answer "Who wants to go poop in the park?" But when I ask for their OPINION on something like the layout of a class handout and then wait for an answer....that's gotta be trouble!



I'm surprised how much dogs understand. My sister and her dog were once staying with me. One day, my sister was out and her dog and I were in the house. For some reason, I asked him, "Where's Kathy?" (that's my sister's name). He got up, his ears pricked up, and he looked out the front window, apparently expecting to see her coming down the sidewalk.



I knew he was very loyal to my sister, but had NO IDEA he actually knew my sister's name!!! But he did.

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I talk to them in a higher than usual tone, but regular words, although the content leaves something to be desired.



I say things to them like, "Does Zephyr wanna come see me? Who wants to come be a lap kitty, hmm? Yes, you're a good kitty, you're quite a kitty, what a kitty, yes you are!" Repeating, "What a kitty! Yes you are! Yes, you're quite a kitty!" while I pet him and he rolls around in spasms of ecstasy has become de rigeur.
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