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There’s an App That Translates Your Cat’s Meows

A ginger-colored cat looking up at the camera, standing next to a smartphone.
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There’s a new app that may have cat lovers particularly intrigued. MeowTalk is an app that translates cat’s meows, and it could help you understand your furry friend a bit better.

The app was developed by Javier Sanchez who worked on Amazon Alexa. He has now moved on and works for tech company Akvelon, where he’s currently developing MeowTalk. The app works by matching up the sounds your cat makes with the nine most common vocalizations felines use. Cats don’t typically make these sounds to communicate with each other. Instead, they help a cat convey what they feel or need to their human. While not exactly providing verbatim translations, the app’s approximate meow-matching may allow you to decipher which of the nine they’re using.

While the app is still being fine-tuned, you can download it from the Apple and Android stores now, and the more you use it, the more accurate it will become; over time, the app will learn your cat’s specific sounds as you record them, and will become more able to translate their needs.

If you’ve ever wanted to talk to your cat and embrace your true cat lady or cat gentleman self, MeowTalk is the first step in that direction.

[Via People]

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