If you’re like most pet owners, you probably talk to your pet all the time, even if you feel a little silly about it. But experts say your pet is actually “talking” back to you, even if you don’t totally understand what they’re trying to say.
“Cats and dogs are extremely cognitive beings and communicate with us all the time,” Brian Zanghi, PhD, senior researcher and nutritionist at Purina PetCare, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Pets’ cognition starts developing as soon as they’re born and changes with age just like humans.”
If your pet is exhibiting strange behavior, talk to your vet about next steps you can take. “We never know how much time we have with our pets, but why not do what we can to make sure we have as much quality time as possible?” Zanghi says.