As great as being a cat owner is, one of the most frustrating parts about it is not being able to understand your cat. You can't really get a straight answer from questions like, "What's so important that you feel you need to block my computer screen while I'm working" or "Why do you keep on peeing on everything?" But thanks to technology, we might be able to better understand our cats, even though we don't speak the same language or even have the same type of vocal chords.
Javier Sanchez, a former Amazon engineer who worked on Alexa, has developed a new app that can translate your cat's cute mews into human words. It's called MeowTalk, and it incorporates similar technology to that of Alexa to bridge the language barrier between human and cats.
Sanchez, both a cat lover and cat owner, was inspired by the NPR series "The Secret Language of Cats. According to Sanchez, cats can develop their own vocabulary, which they employ constantly to do things - like ask for a treat even though they literally just already had a treat. "It's not a language. They don't share words or communicate with each other. Cats never meow at each other out in nature," Sanchez told KING 5.
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