Knowing one’s name is a skill more often associated with dogs than cats, but new research has revealed that cats can recall its own name, and one research indicates that they can even understand much more.
Japanese researchers revealed that cats can learn not only their own names, but also the names of their human owners as well as other cats they live with in a recent study (read below) published in Nature.
The study concentrated on cats in multi-cat households and cat cafes, which are renowned in Japan and allow guests to visit and socialize with up to 50 cats at once.
Researchers showed photographs of cats to a cat that was acquainted with them before playing either an audio clip of the owner pronouncing the cat’s name or an inaccurate name. The study found that cats in multi-cat households glanced at the picture for longer when the erroneous name was played, implying that they were perplexed by the discrepancy.
Cats in cat cafés did not exhibit similar tendencies, maybe because they dwell with too many cats to remember their names and had limited opportunities to learn them due to the constant flow of unknown humans in and out of the cafe.
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The effect was stronger in cats from multi-cat families with multiple persons living in them, most probably because they have more chances to hear their names called.
However, the researchers state that additional research is required. They still do not know much about social learning in cats, and this study only included a few dozen cats, so it needs to be duplicated before it can be considered science.
Read the study below: