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Does your pet talk to you?

Prairie Dog

Are prairie dogs able to 'talk'?

An animal expert reckons these prairie dogs from North America aren't just squeaking and barking, they're 'talking'!

If he's right, the little critters are communicating in one of the most complex languages in the animal kingdom.

But what about the animals closer to home... Does your pet talk to you? Maybe your dog has its own dialect?

Is your cat fluent in conversing? Does your newt never stop nattering? Or perhaps you and your guinea pig like a good gossip?

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"Animals may use their own complex language that people don't understand, but owners of animals normally know what their pets want when they move in a specific way or make a special noise. This means that animals must be able to listen and understand humans when they explain or instruct them to do something. When they do something or make a sound they are probably trying to communicate with you, therefore I think that in a way, animals can talk."

Jessica, 9, Surrey, England

"My rabbit always talks to me, by wiggling his nose!!"

Jessie, 9, London, England

"When I talk to my fish they make bubbles like they are talking back to me."

Oliver, 8, London, England

"Every time I go to bed at night I say goodnight to my kitten and she meows back at me!"

Laura, 12, Northants, England

"I have never heard an animal speak a language but it would be very cool. "

Becky, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"We've taught our cat to say Hello!"

Richard, 11, Kent, England

"Yes! My rabbit understands when I say 'kiss', because he'll move in front of me and touch his nose on my lips! He also makes a squeaking noise, which rabbits use to talk to each other!"

Alice, 9, Cheshire, England

"I think my giant African land snail can hear me, even though they don't have ears like us! She wakes up and comes out of her shell when she hears my voice. Snails might be silly and slimy to you, but to me she is my little angel."

Emily, 8, London, England

"I have two cats and when one of them wants to be stroked, he pushes my hand with his head. When he wants to be fed he cries and runs in and out of the kitchen."

Lilly, 9, London, England

"Well, strictly speaking I talk to it, but I often think that my dog knows what I am thinking."

Naomi, 14, Blackburn, England

"My pet rat used to talk to me."

David, 8, Kent, England

"My cat meows when you talk to him."

Sian, 11, Yorkshire, England

"My cat chirps and squeaks to me."

Amy, 11, Manchester, England

"When I talk to my guinea pigs they squeak back!"

Eva, 12, England

"When I am cross or upset my cats come and sit by me and ask for a stroke by meowing."

Adam, 9, England

"Well, my dog can tell me if he likes something or not. If he likes something he will nod his head, but if he doesn't he will pull a face!"

Evie, 9, London, England

"When I was ill my cat came up to my bed and sat with me the whole day."

Ellie, 10, Surrey, England

"When my cat wants a cuddle he sits on my lap, so it is telling me that pets do have a way of communicating."

Amelia, 8, London, England

"Me and my cat are just like sisters! Every time I'm sad or I cry, my kitten comes to me and licks my face and when I tell her to go with me she does. She can't talk but she does understand me and my mum."

Kaya, 10, Blackpool, England

"Yes, my rabbit seems to know what I say because when I say kiss, he stands up on his little hind legs and gives me a lick!"

Hanifa, 10, London, England

"Yes, my hamster talks to me using his hands."

Amy, 9, Cornwall, England

"My two cats are just like the rest of our family. When we are watching TV, they lay on the couch. When there are strange people in our house, they go up to the second floor and stay under the bed."

Fenna, 14, Gouda, The Netherlands

"When I am upset and I cry, my dog Alfie cries as well. I tell him everything and he understands me. He loves me lots and I'll never leave his side or forget him."

Sophie, 8, Yorkshire, England

"I have four dogs and they come into my room if I'm upset and I do think they know how you feel. I think they are very sympathetic, and more passionate than humans."

Lucy, 13, London, England

"I find that my dogs always know if I have had a bad day at school and are always there for me to talk to. It's really nice to have someone that won't laugh at you if you tell them any problems."

Rhiannon, 13, Staffordshire, England

"I do talk to my cat, but she only purrs at me when she is outside and wants to come in."

Madeleine, 10, Colchester, England

"My cat talks to me. When she is hungry she meows really strangely."

Jessica, 10, Cambridge, England

"My cat answers when you talk to her."

Annabel, 10, Norfolk, England

"I think that animals do have a way of communicating. When I come home from school my cat is sometimes sitting in my hall waiting for me."

Amy, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"My pet dog knows every word I say. When I ask him to go get his lead, he disappears for a minute, and reappears with his lead in his mouth!"

Jay, 9, Belfast, Ireland

"My dog knows the word 'walkies'. When we say the word she jumps up and down and then runs to the cupboard where we keep the lead."

Jadie, 11, Yorkshire, England

"My cat always follows me around meowing when she is hungry or thirsty. It's like she is asking me for food or drink!"

Ada, 11, London, England

"I can tell what my pets want when they do a certain action."

Holly, 10, York, England

"My hamster used to squeak and would run up to the top of the cage when I said food."

Dani, 14, Wales

"My cat called George can say hello and it sounds so real people think he is a human."

Maisie, 10, Preston, England

"My guinea pigs talk to me as soon as they hear my voice."

Megan, 12, Scotland

"I talk to my tortoise, and it's very strange because sometimes he scratches on the glass of his tank, as if to answer me!"

Ella, 12, Surrey, England

"My next door neighbours cats follow me everywhere and they always seem to understand what I say to them. They are like pets to me."

Ollie, 12, London, England

"My cat does talk to me and all the other cats and birds around, but of course I can't understand her. Animals are really clever because she has formed other ways of communicating, like sitting by the door if she wants to go out, sitting in front of the wall, or me, and meowing frantically when she wants feeding."

Lizzie, 13, Nottingham, England

"Don't be daft. How can pets talk to you? They don't even speak the same language as you! They only squeak or something and have their own language!"

Mollie, 14, Surrey, England

"My dog talks to me all the time, whether it be by the way he looks at me or when he barks or growls at me."

Keran, 13, Preston, England

"My cat always comes home on a Saturday! I don't know where she goes the rest of the time!!"

Emily, 12, Bristol, England

"My cat will curl up next to me when I am upset or ill. Also, she will follow me to school every day because she misses me."

Elisha, 12, Kent, England

"My dog could tell if I was in pain. He is usually very hyper but not if you are ill or hurt. He would just lick you, or if it was serious, he would leave you alone."

Chris, 11, North Rhine, Germany

"We own Degus. They are popular pets now and they bark just the same as the prairie dogs. They are also a type of ground squirrel."

Colin, 11, Wiltshire, England

"My dog always barks when someone comes to my house, even if they're half a mile away!"

Mikolai, 12, Nottingham, England

"I've got a dog called Alfie and he is so weird. He will make funny noises and if you have very good ears you can hear him say hi to you. He murmurs and he cries. IT'S SPOOKY!!"

Abigail, 10, Stockport, England

"My dog is sort of like a parrot. When I say hello it sounds like he says hello. I think all dogs bark when you talk to them."

Adam, 10, Anglesey, Wales

"My kittens always make different noises. They are both Bengals and when they are annoyed they make a pigeon sound and when they are asking where you've been they go meeeoooww!"

Faryal, 11, Manchester, England

"My budgie Jack can talk a little. I'm still trying to teach my other budgie Tobi to talk, but so far so good!"

Molly, 14, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"There is no such thing as animals talking, they are only barking to tell us to go away!"

Lucy, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I have a chicken and when I call its name, it seems to run to me and cluck."

Evie, 10, Hampshire, England

"I talk to my rabbit. His sign of replying is wrinkling his nose."

Rubie, 11, UK

"Well, I talk to my rabbit. He seems to listen but he doesn't reply."

Zarghona, 10, West Midlands, England

"My pony Smokie talks to me! If I ask him a yes or no question, he will nod or shake his head! If I ask him if he likes something, he will snort if he likes it, or look at me in a strange way if he doesn't!"

Phillip, 10, East Sussex, England

"When my dad growls my dog growls!"

Lizzie, 6, Bedfordshire, England

"My dog always talks to me when we come home. He is a Border Collie and is very intelligent and when we come into the room it sounds like he's saying hello!

Phoebe, 11, Monmouthshire, Wales

"My Persian cat, Patsie, always responds to what I say. I wish I knew what she is actually saying back."

Sammie, 12, Bournemouth, England

"My parrot talks to me. He actually speaks English! The prairie dog is not the only one."

Katie, 12, Kent, England

"I think my dog can talk to me because when I am sad she comes over to me as if to say 'don't be sad, it's ok'."

Harriet, 11, Lincolnshire, England

No. Not that I know of. She might be TRYING to communicate with me by blowing bubbles in her tank, but I don't understand her if she is saying anything!"

Erin, 12, Wales

"I love talking to my dog, not that he replies!!"

Millie, 12, Sussex, England