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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

By Emily Anthes

29 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

AI will help you have a conversation with your pet. In fact, there’s already an app called MeowTalk. The New York Times tells the story.

My cat is a bona fide chatterbox. Momo will meow when she is hungry and when she is full, when she wants to be picked up and when she wants to be put down, when I leave the room or when I enter it, or sometimes for what appears to be no real reason at all.

But because she is a cat, she is also uncooperative. So the moment I downloaded MeowTalk Cat Translator, a mobile app that promised to convert Momo’s meows into plain English, she clammed right up. For two days I tried, and failed, to solicit a sound.

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