To sign cat, with both hands pinch your thumb and index finger together by the side of each cheek, while keeping your remaining fingers straight out. As you pinch your fingers together, take them from each side of your face outward. The sign looks just like you are teasing your whiskers straight, so add a smug smile to complete the look of a self-satisfied cat!
An alternative ASL sign for cat is to simply use your dominant hand to do the same motion of teasing your whisker out from one cheek.
Pet signs like cat are often favorites among children. Most children develop an early fascination with household animals. So take advantage of that natural interest, and every time your see their eyes following the cat around, do the cat sign.
We like to make a game out of using all the animal flash cards. Make the sound and say the name of the animal, then have your baby make the sign. Remember if you have a real cat, that always beats using the flash card.
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