Do cats know their names or recognize our voice in another way? Although we’ve spent over 10,000 years sharing our time with cats, there’s little or no research to figure out the answer to this question.
Fortunately, things do seem to be changing slightly as we share even longer and experiences with our favorite felines, and there are a few interesting recent research pieces that says there’s evidence that cats may indeed know their names.
What Do Cats Recognize and Respond To?
As a veterinarian who has listened to my clients’ perspectives over the past 30 years and a private who has been “owned by cats” since I wont to be 17 years old, I definitely have my thoughts on the answer—and it seems to be very selective.
An interesting article from 2013 affirms that cats do recognize human voices and respond primarily by ear and head movements. They further found that using harmonics and the broad pitch was simpler in eliciting that response. They concluded that cats recognize their owners voices specifically by using the voices of three strangers followed by the owner than another stranger.
Another interesting study from 2017 discussed how we ask our pets compared to babies using high-pitched voices, simple content and harmonics. The study used “kitten directed speech” that was simple, higher-pitched and musical or harmonic. They found that a cat’s hearing range had an honest scale and pitch which cats could even be conscious of human utterances with more variation.
Teaching a Cat to reply to Voice Commands
One of the strongest variables I see in how responsive cats are to their owner’s voice is whether or not or not they’re hungry or not. it’s well-known among animal trainers that food could also be a strong motivator to reply to verbal or audible cues. sense says that food, including the owner’s voice, should end during a response a minimum of a variety of the time.
If you think that that about cats only really having only two modes, predator or prey, their responses are typically in line with those modes, to hunt food or hide. If we’ll erase any fear folks, the owner, and use food as a present, they need to come to us for food using an audible cue—or even a clicker.
Training a cat to reply to a verbal cue, like their name, from a young age is extremely important. Because kittens have a very early human association period which can begin at 17 days old, it is vital that kittens are handled and acquire used to human voice and touch to make sure there’s absolutely no fear in which they associate us attentively, love and food.
By starting as a kitten, employing a harmonic pitch and variation, and possibly a multi-syllable name in association with food rewards, we should always get a much better response from our beloved felines (which could be anything from an ear twitch to running to us). As cat lovers we all know, we simply need to accept graciously whatever they like to do