Study Finally Proved Cats Know Their Names . . . They Just Ignore You When You Call Them
Full disclosure here: I’m NOT a cat person as I’m very allergic to most cats. I did once in my 20s have a beautiful Siamese cat who I was ok around. He was charcoal grey, I named him “Shadow” and he totally acted a lot like a dog does… but normal cats will send me into a sneezing watery eyed frenzy… but I digress.
When you want your cat to come cuddle on the couch and you call them a bunch of times but they still don't come, it's NOT because they don't understand what you're saying.
It's because they're ignoring you.
A new study out of the University of Tokyo has FINALLY proved that cats do recognize their own names, like dogs do. They can probably recognize other words, too like my cat Shadow did.
But the difference between cats and dogs is what they DO with their language abilities. Dogs will come when you call them and do tricks on command . . . cats could, but they choose not to. Because they're cats.
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