The paper this dataset links to  seems to be using statistical techniques to compare spectrograms of meows, something that seems pretty easy with fastaudio.
cat = meow meow meow meow meow
translation = feedme feedme feedme feedme feedme
meow, meaning "leave me alone I am trying to sleep", and
meow, meaning "behold human, I have deigned to bless you with a gift of this deceased rodent".
That app would make a FORTUNE!
Cats are a lot about body language.
For your question I just look at the ears and the tail. When the ears go lower and/or tail starts wagging, I stop. Or when my cat moves a small distance away, sits there and stares/smiles? I stop.
I've noticed that what I interpret as a desire for petting is often some other business. Maybe the litterbox is full. Or maybe it's playtime (thinks the cat). Or something else is amiss.
It maybe sounds stupid but when I can't read my cat, I usually just ask. I say repeatedly "show me", "where", "show me", "where" etc. and slowly walk behind my cat and let it lead.
For example, if the balcony door is open and cold air is coming in (my cat doesn't like cold), my cat sometimes takes me to first to the fridge and then leads me to the balcony door. When the litterbox is full my cat takes me near it and sits there facing it, within visual/smelling range, but never very close to it. And so on, one has to connect the dots from the context, and ask the question "what is there at this location that is meaningful to the cat".
Of course sometimes I can't fix what my cat wants. Like when the Sun has moved away and the sleeping place in the chair has fallen under a shadow. So my cat tries a few times, repeating the same behaviour, but eventually gives up, either gets bored or realizes I can't or won't help.
Regarding the water: he won't drink chlorinated water. In his previous home, he developed urinary stones because they didn't figure this out. Cue a BS prescription diet sold by "vets". Nope, he just needed fresh, non-chlorinated water.
That is an extraordinary level of symbolic communication for a cat!
You meowed at your cat when you wanted to walk outside?
I'm not the parent commentator but I understood them to do it before they let the cat out.
I'm pretty sure that's pretty normal for training behavior, until you step up the training and stop letting the cat out unless it meows correctly
When my cat wants something, she'll meow uselessly until we chance on what it is. When my dog wants something, she'll come to me and touch me with her paw, and I'll say "Food. Water. Walk." and she'll bark at the one she wants. It's amazing.
Cats do communicate a lot, but it's physical and sometimes subtle; eye contact, body rubbing, head butting, contextual waiting, and so on. Our cats very rarely meow unless they haven't been noticed, or, with the Norwegian, when she wants attention and she has a toy in her mouth she wants to play with - she loves playing fetch with toy mice.
When we stayed in an RV while the house was being built, I had to put my fat boy Percy into the shower stall with the doors closed while the dogs ate otherwise he would annoy them (with headbutts) into not wanting to eat. He developed a habit of going into the stall on his own and meowing when he wanted to be fed because we always put him into the shower when food would appear for the dogs.
Even in the new house, he jumps into the tub and meows the same way when he wants to be fed.
He meows a different way when he sits at the gate or at the top of the stairs, as if for permission to interact. If you don't acknowledge him, he won't hop the babygate or come down the stairs. If you do respond, he trills a happy chirp and trots along.
He developed a whine meow where he basically is saying "I need attention now." Most recently he did it because a towel fell into his water bowl and he couldn't drink out of it.
That counts as 'food, water, walk' to me.
Oskar also has various different behaviors associated with meow types for things that get him the response that he wants. But both cats are Sphynxes and they are unusually talky... I doubt I would have gotten as much from other breeds. But they do clearly communicate what they want from you once they find a way to get that to come across.
We had a couple of high IQ cats who not only knew how to communicate they were also super-social, and made it very clear to us and to visitors what they did/didn't want.
Now we have a mid-IQ cat who is quite vocal and quite good at communicating, but we have to make more of an effort than with the previous two.
They have the intelligence to communicate but it’s typically on their terms.
Also here’s an example of a cat learning to speak with language buttons: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pvgfI9P377U
cat: I AM THE NIGHT, THE DARKNESS
owner: That can't be right, he is called Mittens.
The eagles and coyotes (I live in the middle of the city, go figure) would make short work of the cat if outside. The coyotes often hang out on the front lawn, and recently left a nice "you suck, Walter" message as a pile of poo by the front door. Had a bobcat wander by not too long ago. The coyotes don't approach me, but I'm not so sure about bobcats.
A couple weeks ago a gigantic eagle cruised by me at eye level, about 10 feet away. No way I'm going to tangle with that monster, and it's easily big enough to cart off the cat. The other cats in the neighborhood are indoor cats, too.
Once there was a juvenile coyote cut in half in the front yard. I figured it was that eagle.
Another time a ginormous owl decided to sit on the porch railing, staring at me, for quite a while. Yeah, it could easily have taken the cat apart.
When our current cat was in heat before being spayed I recorded the sound on my phone and played it back to her. She looked very confused. Maybe I should try it on other cats to see what happens.
She's also fascinated by one particular jingly wind chime ring tone and will follow it around until she gets bored.
Animals do not talk. My family tried to sit me down as a kid and explain this to me. “The dog does not hear english”
It’s wrong; they talk. Body language speaks.
Cat language? Nah, that’s a bit silly.
A bit of clicking and before long I had one cat on my lap and one atop the desk inspecting the speakers.
I can imagine there are some buttons where she might associate the button press with a specific outcome (like, she knows that when she pushes her "food" button, there's a good chance of her getting fed). But whether Billi understands that her getting fed is because she's intentionally communicating with her person is unclear.
Either way, I think the channel is mostly for fun, and my partner and I have appreciated it a lot during the pandemic. Billi had a scary health crisis a couple of weeks ago but looks to be mostly recovered now, thankfully
 One of those places is this FAQ page https://www.billispeaks.com/faq
Also interesting is its use of the "angry" button in response to not getting its way, or having something irritating it, or when it's clearly frustrated by not having its needs understood.
AFIACT, the videos are a kind of progress log for demonstrating the cat's learning in different concepts. The older videos focused on [demonstration of] learning of more "core" concepts ("food", "water", "pets", "outside", etc.); but since these concepts are now fully "taught", the owner seems to feel no more need to film the cat communicating these simpler core messages, except when they form an interesting sequence or larger idea.
Instead, the newer videos focus on learning of more fringe concepts — ideas that "come up" less often — and so progress is slower in these.
(Note that, watching the videos chronologically, the number of buttons the cat has available grows quite a bit over time. I think the owner thinks that the cat now understands the general concept of associating things-to-be-communicated with presses of word-buttons, and so feels that they can now feed them new concepts faster.)
Interesting, this seems to be related to the Bluetooth microphone that they used:
"Thus, we adopted a very small and lightweight microphone placed under the cat’s throat through a collar"
The microphone is described in their paper : "The signal is transmitted via Bluetooth [...] at a sampling frequency of 8 kHz."
"As a consequence, the actual range of frequencies we could rely on is 0–4 kHz. We expected that the fundamental frequency emitted by cats falls within the range, whereas some higher-frequency harmonics were likely to be cut"
I don’t blame them, though, we do it all the time in software development.
My cat will investigate anything pointed at him, and I'm pretty sure would love to see how dead the dead rat really is...
Rather than taking aim at the sampling rate, if anything I'd be more interested in being sure that they'd sampled up to the end of the frequency spectrum that cats can actually hear -- for birds at least the >30kHz part is important.
Or is it intentional? Is there some scientific usefulness that would make these clips easier for a machine to analyze? I really don't know if there would be, since a higher resolution clip could just be sampled again if you really wanted something lower.
It is very unfortunate, but I'm grateful that someone performed this experiment as ethically as they could think of and made the data available for all to use.
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Published on May 2, 2021
Why would you place context before, but breed, sex, and owner after the cat id?
Adult domesticated cats will communicate with other cats in many ways:
- with smell, your cat spraying everything is just marking its territory
- hissing or growling, even very small very small cats can be very good at deterring much bigger cats
- when female cats are in heat they make a lot of noise but i don't think that does qualify as meowing
- most cat communication is non-verbal, we probably don't understand much of it
If have listened to several of these sound recordings and they only sample a tiny fraction of cat communications.
What's with the signup requirement to download a dataset like this?
Somewhat interesting we could get more collated homebrew recipes in 1997 than real cats meows in 2021
I got four ignores and one stare of bored contempt.