Can a cat understand her name? Scientists have published a paper on the subject recently. To find the answer to this question, the researchers analyzed cats from “ordinary families” and cat cafes.
In the first part of the study, cats’ responses to human voices were usually made not through communication behaviors (voice and tail movements), but through directional behavior (ear movement and head movement).
In the test, the researchers first asked the cat owner to call the cat’s name several times, then the stranger called the cat’s name, and finally asked the owner to call the name of the cat. The tested cats showed a noticeable response to their owners’ names, slightly weakened their response to strangers calling them names, and then showed a noticeable response again when the owners called their names again.
In the second part of the experiment, the test included several nouns. In some cases, these nouns are words that sound like the names of cats. In other cases, testers use the names of other cats living in the same space as the test subject. Tests have shown that “cats can distinguish between human words based on phoneme differences.” The study goes on to note that “this discernment is obtained without clear discernment training,” but rather “from the natural daily communication between humans and cats.” “
Over the past few years, researchers have published two similar papers presenting the data they found in cat tracking experiments. One of the papers is entitled “The Domestic Cat’s Recognition of the Owner’s Voice”, while the other is entitled “The Domestic Cat can distinguish its name from other words”.
Researchers have conducted similar extensive tests on canines in the past.