We just got a 4 month old black kitten who seems very found of my 2 year old daughter. There playfulness goes both ways. She plays with him gets mad when he steals her toys and he plays with her and attack her in her bed at night. I've never seen out of all the years that I have had cats this behavior before is it possible they are communicating ? He also seems very hurt when I tell him no there is something weird and way to human like about the way he reacts to things.
Yes, they are extremely smart creatures and they are communicating .We just have to pay attention.