Every cat owner has told his or her beloved little feline companion, “I love you” probably hundreds or even thousands of times. But here’s a news flash — cats don’t understand English. Or any other human spoken language for that matter. So the bad news for cat lovers is that no matter how many times you coo, “I wuvvy, wuvvy, wuv you, Kitty!” your cat just doesn’t get it. Sorry.
But as always, The Inquisitr is here to help. This video from “cat behaviorist” and reality TV personality Jackson Galaxy will show you exactly how to say, “I love you” to your cat, not in your own language — but in kitty-speak.
Yes, cats have their own language, and it consists mostly of gestures and body language. Follow Jackson Galaxy‘s instructions in this short video, part of his YouTube series “Cat Mojo,” and you’ll find that you and your cat will quickly develop a much more meaningful relationship.
Jackson Galaxy, for those not familiar with the instantly recognizable cat-enthusiast, hosts the Animal Planet reality series My Cat From Hell, in which he puts his theories of cat behavior into action, almost always with success.
The 46-year-old Galaxy — who doesn’t reveal his birth name, since changing his name legally to “Jackson Galaxy” about 20 years ago — has one overriding theme in his approach to cat behavior. Even in the most extreme cases of bad behavior, it’s not the cat’s fault — it’s the human’s fault for failing to communicate with the cat.
“If you watch my show, you know that within five minutes, the human component is really identified,” Galaxy says. “We realize this behavior doesn’t occur in a vacuum. That’s really the important thing, is that there’s always a context.”
In other words, if you’re a cat owner and you want to change your cat’s apparent misbehavior, start by changing your own. Galaxy’s method is based on showing you exactly how.
Of course, sometimes the problem is an underlying illness or ailment that goes unrecognized by humans. “It could be anything from an abscessed tooth to a brain tumor and anything in between,” Galaxy explains, adding that rather that display obvious signs of pain as a human or even a dog would, cats generally conceal their suffering, and instead, act out, sometimes in what we humans interpret as an aggressive manner.
But this video isn’t about cat aggression. It’s about exactly the opposite. Love. So practice what Jackson Galaxy teaches you here and see how much happier your cat becomes, not just hearing the words, “I love you,” but actually understanding your love for the adorable kitty.