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Trivial pursuits

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Sorry mods, this thread should probably be closed because of this other thread which I overlooked

 

http://www.rabble.ca/babble/babble-banter/dc-greenbacks-and-nose-candy

remind remind's picture

Let's turn  this into trivia thread then, if this is a duplicate, as I wanted to mention, but am too lazy to start a thread just to do so, that a week or so back, Michelle noted that companion animals liked to be talked baby talk to.

Now, I am not a big fan of baby talk, even with babies, though somehow upon ocassion it slips past my lips with them, but never with our companion animals that we have had over the years.

My partner, on the other hand, talks baby talk to the cats, all the time, in particular to the accident prone drop off kitty, who absolutely adores him and whines the whole time my partner is not with him, be it a second, or a day. And he only accepts attention from me except as a last resort. Though the other 2  cats treat us both the same.

As an experiment, to find out if Michelle's theory was applicable, or not, I decided to start talking baby talk to him. Well...after a week of talking baby talk to him, he follows me around purring and bumping into my leg for affection, throws himself in front of me on the floor, if I look to be going anywhere, and yells if I even go into the bathroom without him.

So....now we have him yelling if either of us leaves his presence, instead of just one of us! New name "yelly cat"

Finding: baby talk works to bond with your companion animal.

Thanks michelle, he is now a full time pain, instead of a part-time one! :D

 

 

 

 

remind remind's picture

Bump to say: hey mods can you change the thread title  as it is a duplicate and name it  perhaps trivial pursuits? ;)

Michelle

Your wish is my command. ;)

Michelle

That is so adorable!  Yeah, I've been alienating the affections of a friend's cat lately.  I think it's because I talk baby talk to him.  (The cat, that is, not the friend.)  Even though I never feed the cat or do any of the maintenance stuff, he still comes right over to me for petting and snuggling and baby-talk. :D

RosaL

remind wrote:

Finding: baby talk works to bond with your companion animal

 

Is it the baby talk or the talking? I've been talking - mostly in complete sentences and a normal tone of voice - to my dog since she was a puppy. She has always "listened" to me when I talk - she looks at me, cocks her head, etc. (I've always said she's the only one who's really interested in what I say.) We have bonded remarkably well. And she seems to understand a remarkable amount of English!

remind remind's picture

Thanks!!! :D

 

Michelle

Well, maybe when people do baby talk, it encourages them to talk more with the creature being talked to?  And there's lots of "repetition" in baby talk, too, I find.  At least, the kind I do, anyhow. ;)

remind remind's picture

Rosa, I talk(ed) to this particular cat al the time too, just not in baby talk, and he is pretty  much a conversationalist back when spoken to, however, he would not seek me out for affection, and attention, unless my partner was gone for over a day.

Now, apparently through my baby talk efforts, he figures I love him more, and has become very demanding of my attention and affection.

 

 

RosaL

Michelle wrote:

Well, maybe when people do baby talk, it encourages them to talk more with the creature being talked to?  And there's lots of "repetition" in baby talk, too, I find.  At least, the kind I do, anyhow. ;)

 

Good point about the repetition. I also suspect that the dog or cat soon learns to recognize the baby-talk tone as directed to them. (The fact that I don't have a special tone for my dog maybe has something to do with the fact that it's just her and me.)

RosaL

remind wrote:

Rosa, I talk(ed) to this particular cat al the time too, just not in baby talk, and he is pretty  much a conversationalist back when spoken to, however, he would not seek me out for affection, and attention, unless my partner was gone for over a day.

Now, apparently through my baby talk efforts, he figures I love him more, and has become very demanding of my attention and affection.

 

Interesting. I admit that I have sometimes spoken baby-talk to my dog and it seems to irritate her. But she's always been very "unusual". But I'll bear your results in mind when it comes to other dogs! (and cats)

This will probably disgust you but I once (only once, I assure you) "licked my dog back" - just to see what she'd do. (Just a small lick - I didn't want a mouthful of hair.) Anyway, she was highly indignant. Apparently I'd broken some sort of social rule....

Michelle

Yeah, there was one dog for whom my baby talk didn't work.  She just looked at me and yanked the leash and stared at me as if to say, "pwned!"

G. Muffin

RosaL wrote:
This will probably disgust you ...

Not me!

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... but I once (only once, I assure you) "licked my dog back" - just to see what she'd do. (Just a small lick - I didn't want a mouthful of hair.) Anyway, she was highly indignant. Apparently I'd broken some sort of social rule....

You did.  You're the alpha in the "pack" and that's not an alpha move.  Kind of a doggy faux pas (paw?).

remind remind's picture

Na, doesn't disgust me either rosa, as we gave our dogs throughout the years smooches on the forehead all the time, and even rubbed noses with 'em.

I do not know if I could talk baby talk to dogs, and as we are not likely to get another I don't suppose I will get an op to do so.

cps

i wonder if the baby talk has more to do with the softening of the sounds we make compared to regular speech?  less sounds that end in hard consonants and more vowel sounds?  I may just get a cat to see Laughing now to convince my partner, who is a dog person...

 

remind remind's picture

Maybe, one of our other cats named "precious", to which she responds to quite fine, is now being called "presalou" by my partner, and she loves it and gets all chatty and happy about it when he calls her that. She just looks at me weird when I do.

Tommy_Paine

 

I talk mushy baby talk to Rebecca West, just  because I love to hear the terse way she joins the words stop and that, even with the super crisp pronunciation of the "p"  and "t".  

iths jus un ov du tings i wub about her, oh yes it is i jus wub er soooooo much......

 

(heh.  Of all the things I've said here on babble over the years, why do I think I'm closer to being banned now than ever?)

 

 

remind remind's picture

Gawd, if my partner talked baby talk to me, it would be worse that a crisp "stop that." ;)

Michelle

Tommy_Paine wrote:

iths jus un ov du tings i wub about her, oh yes it is i jus wub er soooooo much......

Whooozh a shmooshy-wooshy pookie-kins?  YOU'RE a smooshy-wooshie pookiekins, oh yesh oo are!  Oooze so CUTE, oo are sho shweet, pookie-kins!

Michelle

P.S. I think both Tommy AND Rebecca should be banned for having brought the word "pookie-kins" into my life.

remind remind's picture

*giggle*

Wilf Day

remind wrote:
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Or more eloquently,

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