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Study Finds Cats Can Recognize Their Owner’s Voice, But They Don’t Really Care

Study Finds Cats Can Recognize Their Owner’s Voice, But They Don’t Really Care

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If you’re a cat owner, you’ve probably formed your own theories about your feline’s behavior. Chances are, you’ve spent time observing your furry companion, trying to decipher their unique take on life. 

I mean, who hasn’t tried to decipher their fluffy friend’s unique take on life? But here’s the kicker: your insights come from your personal experiences, not a scientific playbook.

close-up photo of a cat

Now, imagine two intrepid scientists, Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka donning their lab coats to tackle the ultimate cat conundrum: Can cats recognize their owner’s voice? Spoiler alert: Yes, they can. 

But brace yourself; they often opt to play it cool, like they’re too busy with their cat affairs.

Picture this: eight months of research featuring 20 cats. 

eight cats sitting in the nature

The scientists recorded each cat owner calling their fur ball and had four other folks mimic those calls. They watched closely, noting tail twitches, head tilts, ear movement, eye dilation – you name it.

As expected, when the owners spoke, the cats pricked up their furry ears. Yet, most didn’t bother with a polite meow or a curious glance in their owner’s direction. Nope, they unmistakably recognized the familiar voice but decided to stay nonchalant.

The cats made a decision not to react to their owners’ voices!

gray cat lying

Saito and Shinozuka cooked up a theory that traces this behavior back thousands of years to when humans began domesticating cats and dogs. 

Over the centuries, dogs were trained to follow commands, while cats were left to their own devices. Dogs got boot camp-style training, but cats? Well, they were left to be the independent thinkers they are. 

That’s why your feline boss seems deaf to your pleas, whether they’re hiding under your bed or squeezing into the sink. They’re just being themselves – masters of their own destinies.

a cat walking and looking behind

It’s in a cat’s nature to be an independent creature, and, as every cat owner worldwide would agree, that’s precisely why we adore them.

Cats do precisely as they please, whenever they please, because, honestly, most of us never really needed them to do anything else. 

photo of a cat lying and licking its paws

So, the next time your aloof furball pretends they don’t hear your calls, just remember, they’re following an ancient script, and it’s part of what makes them so captivating.

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