In English, to call (for example) a cat, one usually whisper/whistles something like:


or calls

Here, kitty kitty kitty...

Are there similar words used in Spanish? Do they vary for different animals?

  • Here we use these expressions to call... dogs : Ks ks ks ks / cats: bistu bistu bistu
    – Meer Meer
    Feb 21 '20 at 15:19

The RAE lists a rich variety of different animal calls used by people for different domestic animals:

Animal call shoo lie down charge misc
dog tuso, tusa,1 tus,3 to,3 cuz,3 cito za, zuzo, chucho cucha azuzar
chicken pira,3 pita, pitas3 ox, os
cat mio, mino, miso, miz,2 morro, morra,1 cucho, cuchitoChile zape
pig chin, cuchí, cochi,3 cuinoAsturias
Hunting birds hucho, huchohó
Bulls, cows, oxen jau joLeón
Horses apá so/cho, huesque, ria
Misc che huichóChile jau, arre, harre2

1. Specifically female animals.
2. Archaic.
3. Also used repeatedly.

  • 3
    I don't agree at all with RAE. Nobody would use those in Spain. In fact, "chucho" is perro, not gato.
    – FGSUZ
    Dec 30 '18 at 1:08
  • @FGSUZ I imagine a lot of these are dialectal (some say this explicitly) or have fallen out of use in modern Spanish (especially as society has become increasingly urban and less agrarian). Note that the word to call a cat is cucho though, not chucho.
    – jacobo
    Dec 30 '18 at 11:37
  • I have not heard ANY of these in Colombia. :)
    – DGaleano
    Feb 20 '20 at 19:28

Personally and people I know when they try to get the attention of an unknown animal (in the south of Spain):

Cat: misi or mini

Dog: tubi

Usually they say them multiple times (misi misi misi...).

  • Huh, I've never heard tubi - what country/region is this?
    – jacobo
    Dec 31 '18 at 14:18
  • 1
    South of Spain. Maybe you heard Tobi
    – Dahnark
    Dec 31 '18 at 14:20

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