What’s in a name? Apparently, quite a bit when it comes to cats. According to a recent study, cats actually know each other’s names and use them to communicate with one another. So the next time you call your kitty, she may very well come running – especially if she knows you’re using her name! Read on. The full article from Vice and the full study can be found below!
Cats were confused by humans calling their feline friends names that didn't match, in a study of 48 kitties out of Japan.
Here’s the original study, published on April 13, 2022 title “Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives.”
Humans communicate with each other through language, which enables us talk about things beyond time and space. Do non-human animals learn to associate human speech with specific objects in everyday life? We examined whether cats matched familiar cats' names and faces (Exp.1) and human family members' names and faces (Exp.2).
So the next time you call your kitty, she may very well come running – especially if she knows you’re using her name! As it turns out, cats are quite perceptive and can recognize not only their own names but also other cats’ names. This is just one more way that cats prove to be endlessly fascinating creatures. Do your cats respond when you call them by name? Share your stories in the comments below!