Talking Cat Relives Scary Coyote Attack On His Feline Siblings
A cat who witnessed a potential attack by coyotes on her feline friends has told her owner about the terrifying experience, through talking buttons.
In the video shared on TikTok earlier this month, @justinbieberthecat_ explained that three of his four cats were hanging out in the catio, a caged patio for cats, on May 8 when they were approached by two coyotes.
Although the three tuxedo cats spotted the wild canines, her other feline Justin was inside at the time. She assumed he was sleeping, but a “conversation” the next day suggested otherwise.
Trained in the use of “talking buttons for pets” – a communication tool based on alternative and augmentative communication (ACA) devices for non-verbal people – the 8-year-old feline transmitted the traumatic incident to his owner.
Justin’s owner started teaching him in 2021 to talk using buttons. Although his first instinct was to eat the board, he has since made impressive progress, becoming famous online for his vocabulary skills.
The orange cat now knows which buttons to use for “mom”, “Mike” (the poster’s boyfriend), “yes”, “bye bye”, etc. However, IIn the TikTok video, Justin presses the “stranger” button repeatedly.
“There was a ‘strange dog’ last night,” his owner told him. “Have you seen it?”
In response, Justin presses the “mom” button again and again, followed by “stranger”.
“He was very naughty,” she told Justin, while giving him a comforting hug. “He tried to eat you guys.”
“You can see he’s on high alert,” his owner said. “And looking towards the windows that overlook the courtyard.”
Nevertheless, his anxiety seems to dissipate as his mother walks around the corner, and he runs to her for comfort while meowing loudly.
“I know mate, I know,” she said. “It’s okay, we’ll keep you safe.”
She then hits the “dog” and “goodbye” buttons to reestablish her perspective, with a reassured Justin finally relaxing into a flop on the floor.
TikTok users react
Users of the social media platform have been amazed by Justin’s communication skills as the clip has received 1.9 million views so far.
“Such a smart boy,” Mel said.
“He’s brilliant,” agreed Pja Shah.
“He said, ‘MOM, HOW ARE YOU SO QUIET ABOUT STRANGER?!'” user3297751045501 wrote.
“Justin was like IM TELLING,” toriancrane said.
“The alien mom mom mom mom looked a lot like a toddler,” Crapburger joked.
“Good guardian cat,” wrote Chantal.
“See,” Lyssy Sho commented. “I told my mom that cats can have intelligent conversations!!!”
Newsweek contacted @justinbieberthecat_ via email for comment.
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