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How to call a cat in 6 different languages

They’re not gonna come for just any auld ‘psh-psh-psh’.

HERE IN IRELAND we know exactly what to do when we want to summon a cat.  A simple “psh-psh-psh” should do the trick.

But what if you’re in another country?  Do international cats need different sounds?  Apparently they do.

If you were calling a Russian cat you’d say “kis-kis-kis”, in France you’d say “minou-minou-minou”, in German, “beez-beez-beez”, and in Turkish “pissy-pissy”.

Our favourite, however, has to be the Indian technique.  They simply say “mieow”.

Speaking their language seems to be an effective approach as this website demonstrates.

It’s important to use the correct sound, because cats have a lot going on in their lives and might be reluctant to come if they’re busy

They might be hiding in a drawer.


They could be having an important scratch.


Maybe trying out a new look?




They could have simply had a hard day at work, and not be in the humour for your messing.

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Or they could just be doing what they do best –  napping.


Whatever they’re up to, you’d want to be calling them in the right way or they’ll never bother their arses.

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