by Rohan (15) and Dalia (12)
Hi everybody! We’re pleased to see you again. Without further ado then, let us jump into this episode of the Bluey Blog.
The Next Level
In the past, it has been revealed that Bluey likes to dine with the whole family. However, recently he has decided that he is no longer satisfied with just being near us or even on our chairs, but that the dinner table itself is the ideal place to be. Right next to the action. In the middle of it. Nothing less will do. Bluey likes his life to reflect our own, and a crucial part of this is his eating habits. He has sampled all kinds of worldly cuisine from his new perch on the table, and has recently developed a taste for all kinds of un-cat-like foodstuffs, such as curry, sweetcorn (a particular favourite), and pasta. If only he didn’t get in our way when we try to eat, and didn’t spend a significant portion of his day rolling around in the grass, we might let him stay on the table for a little longer before we shoo him away. But, alas, this is not the case. Whilst he may protest, I’m fairly certain that Bluey isn’t the kind of creature to wash his hands before he eats or to use a knife and fork such as to eat in a manner befitting a civilised table, and that he would much rather just stick his face in it and start chewing whatever has the misfortune to approach his mouth. To put it shortly, his hygiene habits are poor at best, especially given that we are humans and he is a cat; as such, his chances of remaining on the table for any more than ten seconds at a time are slim. Not that he would listen if you told him.
The Limits of a Language
Cats communicate with other cats in a vast variety of ways. Not just with sounds, but with looks, touches, and sometimes even smells. But when it comes to communicating with a human, all of these remarkable techniques are lost, and a cat is left with only one resort: scream. Meow until they notice. Yell until they finally understand. But this is not a surefire method. Us humans, with our pattern-seeking brains, tend to assign various different meanings to various different sounds, for example, a smashing sound might mean that someone has dropped a glass or that a football has hit an antique renaissance stained glass window. We do the same with the various noises our feline friends may make, for example, a particularly loud hiss or yowl might mean that a cat is upset or in pain. To respond to this, a cat must have an arsenal of meows and squeaks prepared for any situation that may arise. One of the few skills that Bluey is a master of. He has developed certain sounds which carry an unmistakable meaning, as if he was talking to us in perfectly fluent English, and certain other sounds that could mean anything between “give me food” and “table for four please – booked for six thirty if possible”. He has a different noise for every day of the week, but somehow, he always manages to convey what he means in one way or another. He ranges between a gentle purr when he is enjoying being stroked, and a 200 decibel, ear splitting cry, usually issued when he can see the bottom of his food bowl or when he has just come back inside after a sudden downpour. For a cat with such mysterious and often whimsical ways, he is a very clear communicator. Usually.
That’s it for this Bluey Blog. We hope that you had some fun while reading it!
© 2023 Rohan (15) and Dalia (12)
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