EVERYONE TALKS to their pets as if they can understand them-- that's just a fact.
And when the world went into lockdown, with people working from home and spending a lot more time indoors with their pets, we started speaking to them even more.
For one family in Northern Ireland, this extra time around their pet cat meant they realised their moggy seemed to have picked up a particular accent-- and a strong one at that.
Derry man Michael Allen took to Twitter to share a video of the gorgeous black cat, writing:
"I swear my brother's cat has a Northern Ireland accent. Aye."
In the video, Michael's brother Ian asks 'Are you a good boy?' to which the cat genuinely appears to lazily reply 'Aye'.
I swear my brother's cat has a Northern Ireland accent. Aye. pic.twitter.com/KRFanIwAuk
— Michael Allen (@michaelallen27) September 18, 2020
The video quickly went viral, and at the time of writing has been viewed over 215,000 times, garnering over 14,000 likes and 3,000 retweets.
The cat isn't the only pet who has made headlines recently for their language skills-- yesterday we wrote about an Irishman living abroad who had taught his English dog, Obi, to understand commands in the Irish language.
Obi can suigh síos, cas timpeall and run to his food bowl when asked An bhfuil ocras ort? which his owner, Willie, described as "a funny quirk".
You can watch a video of Obi's bilungual skills here.