Did That Cat Just Talk? A Feline’s Frightened ‘Meow’ Sounds Like ‘Go Away’ [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on September 27, 2013 5:35 PM EDT

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Frightened cat says "Go away!" Sort of. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

Either this cat's larynx has a rare mutation, or its ability to impersonate humans is spot on. A video uploaded to YouTube by user Caroline H. shows a frightened cat seemingly saying the words, "Go away." The "Devil cat," as the video is titled, appears to tell its human pursuers to leave him alone as he scrambles to exit the alien kitchen he unwittingly stumbled into.

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"Heard a noise in the kitchen after dinner and this is what happened," the video description reads. "I don't know who's cat it is but I want it."

It appears as though the all-black cat chanced upon a stranger's home and somehow got in, and the owners are trying to shoo it away. The confused kitty, obviously feeling trapped, resorts to leaping around the messy kitchen countertop searching for the way out and knocking silverware off the counter in the process.

The person filming the cat, who, we assume, lives there, is in awe over the cat's near-ability to speak. She's also trying to ferret the cat out the window, but the cat can't seem to quite make the leap. That's when it starts spouting off "Go away!" Or, so it seems.

While language with a complex structure of grammar, syntax, recursion and displacement is a very human trait, many animals produce sounds or gestures resembling those of humans.

Dolphins, for example, have signature whistles they use for their names. The whistles even reveal information about them including sex, age, health status and mating receptivity. Orangutans also provide each other with detailed information through pantomiming.

And then, there's Mishka, the dog who can't stop expressing his feelings about his owners.

But a talking cat? That's just ludicrous - or is it? Decide for yourself:

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