If babies have a favorite pastime, it’s babbling. It can be absolutely adorable, though at first glance, it might seem like a totally pointless form of noise-making. But in fact, there’s method to the madness: babbling is a way for babies to practice making various different sounds and this is an essential step on the road to learning how to talk. Of course, there are times when a baby actually is trying to tell us something with his or her babbling. Sometimes we adults get the message and other times, we don’t. Likewise, we often have similar trouble understanding our pets’ vocalizations. Cat sounds can be especially mysterious. Unless they really are just asking for food all the time — we can’t rule that one out — those meows, chirps, growls, and purrs can be baffling.
But this leads us to an interesting question. Could inter-species communication be easier for our babies, human and furry? At first, this idea might seem a little “out there.” If a baby hasn’t even mastered human speech, how are they going to talk with a cat or dog? But after seeing the video we’ve posted below, you might start wondering.
In the video, a baby girl and the family’s tabby cat have a lively conversation. You’d swear the two of them really are communicating with each other, as if they’re in their own little world together. Babbled questions are getting meowed answers! What’s especially interesting is that the cat doesn’t cut off the conversation after just a few meows. Instead, they go at it for over a minute.
According to the girl’s father, the two of them have conversations like this all the time. In fact, it’s how this baby and her feline friend start every day!
Impressed by this baby’s ability to talk to the cat? Do you think they’re somehow really communicating? Let us know in the comments at Facebook. Be sure to like and share: you’ve surely got friends who love cats, babies, or both!