Both pet owners and parents of small children have a special connection with their charges that allows them to understand the intent behind even the most garbled phrases.
Until children learn to enunciate clearly, it usually takes mom, dad or a savvy sibling to translate.
Animals, of course, don’t speak quite the same way, though plenty of pet owners will tell you they communicate just as clearly as some people. It’s rare that a critter makes a sound that is widely understood as sounding like human language, but it has happened.
The most recent instance that has gone viral is a clip of an adorable ginger cat who clearly says “Well, hi!” with an unmistakably southern accent.
The video, posted by gambino_911 on Instagram, opens with two cats, one lying on the floor and one scampering off to hide behind the refrigerator.
The person with the camera follows the running kitty into the kitchen, and when the cat comes into view around the corner it looks up and gives its now-famous greeting.