How to understand your cat, according to science

Cats are notoriously fickle creatures, and sometimes it can feel impossible to understand their behavior. One moment, they’re curled up in your lap during a Gilmore Girls binge, and the next, they’ve bolted away so fast you’d think they have personal beef with Alexis Bledel. If you’ve ever wondered what your cat is thinking, you’re certainly not alone. But fear not, feline-lovers: Science is here to help.

Thanks to an adorable new video from New York Magazine’s Science of Us, all of our greatest cat conundrums have finally been answered. From meows to purrs, the video provides general “translations” for cat behavior, including what it really means when they rub up against your legs after you get home — and it’s all kinds of amazing.

Perhaps the most revealing part of the video, however, is the segment on meowing. As the narrator explains, it turns out that there is no universal “meow” language that cats use between one another. Cats developed meowing as a way to communicate with their humans — and every feline speaks a different “dialect” as a result. So, if you’ve ever felt like no one understands your cat the way you do, you’re 100% right.

As if the whole thing weren’t already great enough, the video also stars a cartoon witch and her black cat — which really just takes it to a new level of cuteness. Check it out for yourself below!

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