Cat Lovers Video for Sign Language

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Hand Shape: “ F” shape with right hand
Location: at side of mouth
Tip: the “F” hand will look like whiskers
Action: one or two “F” hands move out 2x

Video transcript: Hi and welcome to Sign Baby Sign. This week’s word is Cat. C-A-T. We have a kitty cat right here (shows a cat); as you can see they have their whiskers coming out from their cheeks. So we’re going to sign this week’s word for cat like this (shows sign) “cat”. It’s a two time movement. It is the letter “F” in the alphabet then you put it on your cheek. “Cat” (shows sign). Just like that. When you see a cat just say, “Look there’s the cat”. (shows sign).

As I teach children to sign cat, they find it to be a favorite because of how they can enter pretend mode and be pulling on their own whiskers since that is the sign. However in working with children under 2, it is still fun but the “F” hand shape is challenging to form. My advice is teach the sign correctly, guide their little hands, and in time their cat sign will happen eventually. In the meanwhile, sign “cat” as you say it and enjoy watching your child learn a new sign.  Learn more animals signs with our Flash Card printable set.

10 Interesting Cat Facts

  • Cats are unable to detect sweetness in anything they eat
  • Cats have 5 toes on each front paw but only 4 on their back paws
  • Domestic cats spend approximately 70% of the day sleeping
  • Cats can learn how to use a toilet
  • Cats prefer their food at room temperature
  • A group of cats is called a clowder
  • A cat named Stubbs has been mayor of Talkeentna, Alaska for 15 years
  • Female cats are typically right pawed whereas males are generally left pawed
  • Cats sweat through their foot pads
  • A cat’s nose has a unique pattern much like a human fingerprint

Are you a cat person or a dog person? What about everyone else in your family? Take a poll. Find out why they feel the way they do. Discuss character differences of cats and dogs. For example: some cats prefer to be left alone, while some prefer to just be near, most dogs love to run and play while few just want to cuddle. Take a look at all the different types of cats in the world…house cats, lions, tigers, leopard and so much more. Experts estimate that there are approximately 43 different breeds of cats, so whatever you fancy, there’s one out there just for you.

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