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post #1 of 25
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I've just had a strange thought, so I'll ask you guys.

How do you call cats in your area?

I come from London, where all cats respond to a soft hissy "ssssoooosssssoooo" sound.

Now I live in Yorkshire, the standard cat call is a repetitive soft "cherchercher" sound.

I experimented last time I was in London and no cats appear if you do the Yorkshire sound, but if you use the London sound you get mobbed, and visa-versa. I've tried both sounds in various countries around the world and have been ignored by the local cats.

Do I sound mad? I think I need a glass of vino collapso.

Please someone back me up (Yola, you must use the London version). I'm almost too embarrassed to post this.


post #2 of 25
Well, here in my house ( not my region, just my house:tounge2: ) my kitty responds to me snapping my tongue down and making a sound. She will come running if she hears that, although she doesn't come when I call her by name.

Interesting question Flim Flam
post #3 of 25
I think the universal cat call that I've heard in the Mid-Western US is just "kittykittykittykitty". Hubby uses this really fast tongue clicky thing to call our cats, and they come running. He's done it to other cats we have seen outside and they respond to it too. I can't do it, so I use kissy sounds. I think the kissy sounds only work in my house, though.
post #4 of 25
This is a great question! I hadn't thought about it before!

Where I grew up (North Florida) we called cats by saying Heeeere kitty,kitty,kitty... here kitty,kitty,kitty.....

Most of the cats where I am now come to kissing noises.
post #5 of 25
My cats do not answer to any verbal call. They respond to a can being opened.
post #6 of 25
I use a "psss swsss swsss" sound and tongue clicking. I'm not sure it's regional in my case-I grew up in Maryland with parents from Pittsburg and Boston, and that's what we used.
post #7 of 25
Oh yea, the opening of a can of food, be it cat food or Chef Boyardee:tounge2: , always has mine running!!!

The kissy sound is a better description of what we do. Its sort of kissy mixed in with a tongue snap!!!! Oh Lord, its too difficult to describe!
post #8 of 25
Daniela, it sounds like you make the same sound mu hubby makes! LOL It is very difficult to describe, like a muted click of the tongue off the top of your mouth(?). I can't get my tongue to work fast enough to do it right.:tounge2:
post #9 of 25
I just stick my head out the door and yell, "Here Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty!!!!" And they all come running, even the dogs, because they know there may be food involved!
post #10 of 25
Originally posted by valenhb
Quote:
I think the universal cat call that I've heard in the Mid-Western US is just "kittykittykittykitty".
I also live in the midwest and have heard that same call used quite frequently.

At home, Snowball responds really well to someone calling his name, a hand signal that means "come here" and kissing sounds. ...I mean kissy sounds.
post #11 of 25
Quote:
Originally posted by Lorie D.
At home, Snowball responds really well to someone calling his name, a hand signal that means "come here" and kissing sounds. ...I mean kissy sounds. [/b]
Jealous kitty, Lorie? :laughing: :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2 :laughing: :laughing2
post #12 of 25
Mad?..............only for cats! I think your wonderful for even caring.



Patty
post #13 of 25
* Opening of the Fridge!

* Shaking the box of treats

* Yelling Coooooper

* C'mer Momma (don't know how we got stuck on that one, shes a kitten, soon to be snipped!)
post #14 of 25
Mine respond to kissy sounds, and sometimes to "Hey Buds!"
post #15 of 25
I use the kissy sound as that works on both Jinxy and Corky.

The only problem with that sound, is that you have to be a bit more careful that no one hears you in case they think it's directed at them
post #16 of 25
All mine come when I do the wistle! You know the one they usually use on dogs....... It's seven wistles 6 short and then it ends in a long one that goes up. They will come from every where with that one LOL.
post #17 of 25
my favourite is pusspusspusspusspussy??, pronounced poospooospooospussspussy??,
post #18 of 25
My cat responds to "Here Kittykittykittykittykitty". I found that out one day when we were watching TV, and he thought Marge Simpson was calling him...... (he's an adopted kitty, and I keep figuring out how his previous family did things.)
post #19 of 25
Oh No!!!!! I accidentally changed your post! I thought I was quoting you and I whiped away your post instead! I'm sooooooo very sorry. (Yes, I am blonde!)
post #20 of 25
No worries, mate. It went someting like this:

Leslie mate! That's how they used to call Skippy!

In my house, I use all sorts of things but my favourite is pusspusspusspusspussy??, pronounced poospooospooospussspussy??, going from a high to low pitch and from slow to fast in speed. I always worry that the neighbors will hear me though and wonder what I'm up to!!

Lotsocats, what was it you wanted to quote and comment on? (You've got me wondering now! LOL)
post #21 of 25
I was going to mention that in the USA yelling "pusspusspussy" out your door might get you arrested for sexual harassment!
post #22 of 25
Heeheehahaha!!! That's why I worry so much!!! But it's the one call that seems to work.
post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally posted by lotsocats
I was going to mention that in the USA yelling "pusspusspussy" out your door might get you arrested for sexual harassment!
Yell that in my neighborhood.... and the men will line up outside your door!!!

post #24 of 25
ROFLMAO at poospooospooospussspussy!!!!!!!! And you reckon I have a few roos lose?????


What I find very embarrasing is Peter telling everyone we got a digital camera so we could take photos of Leslies pussy and put it on the net!!!
post #25 of 25
ROTFLMAO :laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2
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