I receive "Cat Age" tips from the folks at RealAge; this popped up in my inbox this morning:
Converse with Your Cat
By CatAge Staff
Talking to your cat can help show affection, control behavioral issues, and improve your relationship with your pet.
Even though you don't speak the same language, your cat can understand much of your tone of voice and body language. From single-word commands to animated speech, an upbeat intonation can help socialize, soothe, or sweet-talk your cat into becoming a better pet.
I am such a GOOD pet owner!