Cats: 10 Ways they are Referred to in Different Countries

By | October 5, 2018

Cat lovers across the world usually experience a major shock when cats do not respond back to their calls during a vacation in a foreign country.

The “Global Cat Day” is an event organized annually on October 16th with an objective of understanding our four-legged companions and protecting their rights as much as possible. However, do you really understand your furry munchkins as much as you believe? The reality may be quite different in comparison to your perception.

Cat lovers across the world usually experience a major shock when cats do not respond back to their calls during a vacation in a foreign country. They are habituated to referring to cats in a certain manner and believe that the same method is applied universally as well. However, to the surprise of many pet lovers, cats respond in different ways to unique noises, expressions.  With the global cat day all set to arrive, let’s take a look at the distinct ways in which cats are beckoned to in different countries:

  • The Netherlands: Poes-Poes-Poes: Cats in the Netherlands refuse to answer unless you attempt to call them by saying Poes-Poes-Poes.
  • England: Chh-Chh-Chh: English cats are themselves quite an obstinate bunch. One is expected to sweetly call them saying Chh-Chh-Chh to expect any response.
  • Tunisia: Besh-Besh-Besh: It may seem funny to native English language speakers but cat lovers in Tunisia attempt to attract our furry munchkins by calling out Besh-Besh-Besh.
  • China: Miao-Miao-Miao: Quite similar to the style of reference in India i.e. Meow-Meow which is nothing but natural considering the influence shared between the countries.
  • France: Minou-Minou-Minou: One can have a lot of fun with cats in France by calling out to them saying “Minou-Minou-Minou”.    
  • Germany: Miez-Miez-Miez: Cats in Germany are quite proud and refuse to pay you any heed unless you use the golden words: “Miez-Miez-Miez” to call out to them.
  • Russia: Kis-Kis-Kis: It certainly sounds similar to what any cat lover wishes to do in the company of their cats i.e. kiss away till they tug at your dress in order to get you to stop.     
  • Turkey: Pissy-Pissy-Pissy: Cat parents in Turkey usually attempt to get close to cats and attract their attention towards them by saying “Pissy-Pissy-Pissy”.  
  • India: Meow-Meow: Children in India love playing around and calling cats towards them by saying “Meow-Meow”. Our furry companions are attracted towards them as the words are quite similar to the style in which cats usually express themselves.  
  • Australia: Puss-Puss-Puss: Cats are referred to as Pussy Cats all-around the world and this style of reference certainly seems quite realistic and understandable.  

It is quite interesting to take a look at the various manners in which cats are referred to in different countries and can help cat lovers understand their furry companions better. However, what needs to take into account is the fact that the different styles of expression differ simply on the basis of linguistic and cultural variations.