The Cuddle Honey Trap
In one of the BilliSpeaks videos below, she presses the "hmm?" button to indicate uncertainty. Finally, she comes to the conclusion that the Fan Toy is the best option because it occasionally spins from the ceiling fan on a string.
Billi’s Ultimate Desire is the Coveted Fan Toy
Billi has occasionally gone so far as to demand changes to her cherished Fan Toy. She wants her bunny on the string instead of the customary carrot.
The level of apparent comprehension displayed by this cat is incredibly detailed and fascinating. For cat lovers, this cat's intelligence comes as no surprise, of course.
Billi has gone so far as to request modifications to her beloved Fan Toy
Although we have an instinctive understanding that our pets can understand some phrases, scientists are unsure if this is indeed a form of communication. The cats will likely rule us by the time the study is finished, and we are okay with that.
Billi had only a few buttons on the ground when it first began, but she currently has 64 of them!
Billi Pushes 64 Buttons Now
According to her mother, Billi still prefers Mad, Fan Toy, and Pets despite using all 64 buttons after 10 months. It's therefore intriguing that, out of all the possibilities, she keeps returning to these three.
The domestic cat is a participant in a study being conducted by TheyCanTalk.org to determine "whether, and if so, how and how much non-humans are able to express themselves in language-like ways."
Billi Talks About Her Upset Tummy
Leo Trottier, the founder of cognitive science, expressed his delight at cats using the buttons, despite his initial skepticism. He can now see how cats communicate differently from dogs by identifying their favorite phrases and repeating them.
Cats prefer the straightforward things in life.
“What’s interesting is that they [cats] tend to not do that much in the way of multi-button presses, but there’s like a lot of single-button presses,” Trottier told Salon. “With cats, you kind of have to find things they really want, and there are just fewer of those than with dogs.”
Would Billi discuss her feelings if she could understand language? Apparently, yes, as it happens that this elderly cat does communicate about having an upset stomach as a symptom of a chronic condition.
Her mother noticed she had vomited one morning, and Billi started repeatedly pushing "Ouch," then "Before." She later felt better after being treated by the vet and pushed "Happy" and "All done," indicating that her stomach ailment had completely subsided.
It is truly amazing!