Meowlingual: Japanese Cat Translation Device

Posted on September 12, 2007

Meowlingual, much like the dog version Bowlingual, allows a cat owner to finally learn what their cat is trying to say to them.

So you take the Takara Tomy‘s Meowlingual cat-langauge electronic interpretation device and hold it next to your cat as it meows. The palm-sized gadget will then interpret what your cats meows and purrs really mean.

Meowlingual: Japanese Cat Translation Device picture

“I can’t stand it”, is just one of the many phrases the device will announce after it has heard a meow from your cat, exact wording has not been decided yet.

The Meowlingual, coming this November, will run for about $75 and should be purrfect for all you cat lovers.

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zach
zach

i hope itll be sold in the USA

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Jeez, can this thing really work? To program such a thing first a person would have o understand cats. Cats halfway talk with body language anyway. Who would want a $75 dollar thing that only tells you 1/2 of what cats say, possibly. LOLcat phrases are a good idea though. "For not feedin meez, zoor pupy is 1/2 dog tomorows."

amada
amada

there's no need for that stuff. Cats enjoys us guessing their moods. it's like games to them.

Matty
Matty

Now if we could reverse it and turn English to Cat, then perhaps back from cat to Chinese... hmmm

molly
molly

i want to translate my kitty mocha from a concerned 12 year old

Leah
Leah

Hahaha that's hilarious...

Paulos
Paulos

What you need is one that translates what a woman really means. Am I right gentlemen? Not even the Japanese can come up with the technology for that!

faceless
faceless

this story is four years old! thanks to the commenters for a good few laughs

jen
jen

I don't need to spend $75 for a translation. MEOW = "DUH"

kgitch
kgitch

Old news much? Like the post above says, tproduct went on sale (only in Japan, with only a Japanese language interface) in November of 2003! Now if you really want to terrorize your cat, check out TakaraTomy's new i-SOBOT robot : www.isobotrobot.com

Jeff
Jeff

it'd be funny if it had LOLKittenz phrases... "I iz in ur lap. Wy u got stoopid machine?"

Nils
Nils

This is actually a story from 2003, not from this year. So "November" would be "November 2003".

Kevin Burton
Kevin Burton

Actually, someone with Autism might be able to use this device since they seem to have a difficult time picking up on social cues.. Also, it's probably just a fun toy. I need to get a humanlingual to translate my human expressions into feline talk! :)

Jordan Lund
Jordan Lund

I suspect it's all going to come out as "GET THAT THING AWAY FROM ME!"

nada
nada

Jel imas ti tak nesto

sale
sale

nemam nado, al kuzim zvijeri :D

merkhava
merkhava

If the cat meows in english, then it makes sense why the Japanese would invent a meow translator.

neko-san
neko-san

meowwwww translated : gimme food you bastard :)

sara
sara

yah right. I got one of these things as a prototype for review and you bet your ass you need one. Now that I know what my cats really want and think I know that before, when I thought I knew I was just an ignorant jerk. Cats don't say " "FEED ME or PET ME or PLAY WITH ME". And of course they always want it done RIGHT NOW." Idiot. you think they are such superior animals! HA

hasib
hasib

yaa

hasib
hasib

yaa this iz such superior animals

moyer
moyer

I can see it now.... "Feed me a stray cat." American Psycho style.

Kwipper
Kwipper

I want one, then mod it to say LOLCAT Phrases.

Allen
Allen

it would be nice if it would say "get the fuck away from me!"... i learned that the hard way... (>.

Michael VanDeMar
Michael VanDeMar

OMG I swear they work! There was one sitting on the table next to my sisters cat when I took a picture of him. He meowed at me, and the device translated it: "Michael, if that pic winds up on the internet with me as a LOLCAT I will poop in your shoes!" Honestly, it was spooky!

Frank.
Frank.

Now that's funny... I don't care who you are

Casual Adventurer
Casual Adventurer

In Vietnam it would only have to be programmed with one thing "Please Don't Eat Me"

kittyester
kittyester

i love your comment. simple but true..

Mike
Mike

And in the U.S. a pig translator would say "please don't torture me" - but pigs aren't all furry and cuddly so who cares...

KayCee71
KayCee71

Yes, but pigs make for a tasty treat, slathered in BBQ sauce, or with a light Teriyaki glaze!

Mikey
Mikey

Thanks for reminding me, I need to add bacon to my shopping list.

umm...
umm...

I LIKE BACON I LIKE PORK, RUN LITTLE PIGGY I HAVE A FORK!!!!!

Jon
Jon

"i taste great with eggs!"

Foo
Foo

That was funny!

tigerlily
tigerlily

of course I can't take this seriously but its a really cute conversation piece and I am sure it will amuse! I imagine phrases like "Just feed me and leave me alone" "You have GOT to be kidding.I'm outta here!" "I will allow you to pet me now." and "That outfit you have on is embarrasing me. Can you stand farther away from me until you get a new wardrobe? Puh-leeez!"

Thing
Thing

I agree with the human translator idea because they sure don't seem to mean what you think you hear. As stated, cats are easy to understand if you try a bit and rather refreshing after trying to figure out person. If anybody has that kind of disposable income I could probably talk to them and understand specially if they want to send some my way!!

Jason
Jason

Can I use this for myself? I don't understand what even I am talking about most of the time...

Sandcastle
Sandcastle

Does it even work, scientifically? Most likely a gimmick gear. On the other side of the animal research world, scientists are still trying to confirm the existence of African Grey Parrot speech...

Killian
Killian

I want one! However, it's really not that hard to figure out what cats want. It's either FEED ME or PET ME or PLAY WITH ME. And of course they always want it done RIGHT NOW.

Cracknip Cat
Cracknip Cat

"Get me some of that cracknip and then leave me the f*** alone." My moody, cracknip addicted cat.

LadyFaire
LadyFaire

Really! I agree totally with the previous comment. For our human loved ones, perhaps, but I understand my cat, mainly she is either demanding attention, food, or swearing at us! I don't know WHERE she learned that language, but I keep threatening to wash her tail out with soap!!

Tourex
Tourex

If you need this device to understand your cat,then you shouldn't be owning a feline pet. Cats aren't that hard to understand their likes,and dislikes.Us humans,are a different matter,perhaps we need this gadget for our loved ones.

Mileena
Mileena

Dude it's just for fun duh. Be more open minded

tokyo kiss
tokyo kiss

Miaaaaaaaaaaaooooooooowww Svea I love you

paul
paul

you overlooking the obvious fact: it doesn't matter if you can't understand your cat, what matters is how fucken cool it would be to have a cat translator.

umm...
umm...

HELL YA IT IS!!!!

Gail
Gail

YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!!!!!!!! HOW RIGHT YOU ARE!!!!!!!! PEOPLE SAY ONE THING AND MEAN THE OTHER, WE ALL NEED THIS!!!

mirko
mirko

If you took the time to read that in order to post such crap then you surely have too much time on your hand. I for one would be interested in such device, not to understand my cat who doesn't want it, but just for the fun of checking how inaccurate it'd be... So, keep your politically correctness at home and stop bothering funny people.

Arman
Arman

love your comment!

Blueman
Blueman

If you need a device to understand your loved ones, perhaps you shouldnt be having any relationships.

Melissa
Melissa

It would be amusing to hear actual words from a cat along with reading feelings. They might need to make sure the word bitch is in the cat dictionary though. For $75, you know it doesn't work.

Luke
Luke

You've obviously never dated a woman before.

Yoda
Yoda

An inflatable one, he has.