How old is Billi?

  • 13 years old.

When did she start using the buttons?

  • May 2020.

What was her first button?

  • “Food”! If I did it again I would start with “pets”, and not add a button related to food.

How did you teach her what the buttons mean?

  • Check out our “Getting Started” page for more information! Specific “how to’s” for words can be found there as well.

Where do you get the buttons?

  • The small buttons are made by FluentPet, the large by Learning Resources. Links for both can be found in the “Getting Started” page.

Does she really understand what the buttons mean?

  • We don’t know! I don’t think we can answer the depth of understanding with the current amount of information we have, all we can say is “does she press the button in the correct context the majority of the time?” For the most part the answer to that is yes. Overall, it’s great enrichment, and Billi really enjoys it. So that’s enough for me 😊 Further research updates will be added as we know more!

Is this an experiment?

  • Not exactly! It started as a fun thing for Billi and I to do together, and we joined an observational research study as a secondary thing. You can learn more about the study here.

How did you and Billi meet?

  • I found her on the street while I was in undergrad in 2009. She caused a car accident chasing an RUS (Princess Bride reference, not sure if anyone will get that) across the road! Couldn’t find her home, so she became mine 🤗

Why does Billi’s back and tail twitch?

What do you do for a living?

  • I’m a veterinarian who specializes in zoo, aquatic, and wildlife species.

What buttons does she currently have?

  1. Hello

  2. Bye

  3. Where

  4. Oops

  5. Want

  6. What

  7. Hmm?

  8. No

  9. Yes

  10. Love you

  11. Mom

  12. Billi

  13. Dog

  14. Cat

  15. Grandma

  16. Friend

  17. Pets

  18. Cuddle

  19. Help

  20. Play

  21. Look

  22. Food

  23. Catnip

  24. Mousey

  25. Fan Toy

  26. Worm

  27. Bunny

  28. Water

  29. Zoom Zoom

  30. Twirly

  31. TV

  32. Settle

  33. Come

  34. Outside

  35. Inside

  36. Back

  37. Ear

  38. Chin

  39. Tummy

  40. Home

  41. Ouch

  42. Mad

  43. Happy

  44. All Done

  45. Noise

  46. Later

  47. Soon

  48. Now

  49. Then

  50. Before

  51. More