Cats can learn and react to the sound of their name, new study says

Cats can learn and react to the sound of their name, new study says

A new study has found that cats can learn and react to the sound of their own name. The results published Thursday in journal Scientific Reports claims to be the first experimental evidence that cats can discern human speech. Researchers of Sophia University in Tokyo explained, the findings do not suggest cats can attach meaning to words or understand their name refers to their identity.

That Farang
That Farang 1 year

The real test isn’t whether they know their names, it’s if they care. Spoiler: they don’t.

Nuclear Jellyfish
Nuclear Jellyfish 1 year

damn. that must be why my cat comes to me when I call it's name. who knew ? * sarcasm *

Michael Tatom
Michael Tatom 1 year

I love the analysis of the obvious. How long did it take for scientists to come to this realization? How many tax dollars were spent?

Lord Flasheart
Lord Flasheart 1 year

My cat is deaf. He doesn't need a name.

Mister Manager
Mister Manager 1 year

Cats are genuinely fascinating creatures. I love learning about their first symbiotic interactions with ancient man. There are several cultures in which they hold places in folklore. It's understandable many people dismiss them as aloof. Personally, I find the process of winning their affection to be a journey.

noonespecific 1 year

What's next a study on if cats can learn to react to the sound of a can opener.

Bubbles 1 year

My cat is as dumb as a rock.

Canadian Jake
Canadian Jake 1 year

A new study shows the sky is blue.

beanie weaine
beanie weaine 1 year

This just in not only is your cat ignoring you it knows your talking to it. #aintnocatgottimeforthat

Natasha Gossman
Natasha Gossman 1 year

No shit. An animal hears a specific combination of sounds and is then rewarded with company and/or food. The animal will then anticipate positive reinforcement when they hear that set of sounds. The same works with negative reinforcement. Why is this news?

SirMajorCodpiece 1 year

"Of course they do. "- said every cat owner ever.

Reggie Jackman
Reggie Jackman 1 year

I read this title as: "Failed Scientists with nothing better to do and too stupid to understand the obvious set out to prove what everyone else already knew, proving themselves to no longer be clueless idiots."

Judi Em
Judi Em 1 year

Duh! How much money did they waste on this?? Of course cats that are interacted with regularly know their names! I can call which cat I want. Some cats just choose not cooperate in that way because they don't want to act like dogs! Ha-ha!! Many cats enjoy playing fetch also.

Krešimir Turkalj
Krešimir Turkalj 1 year

How does cnet's link relate to this?

Reggie Jackman
Reggie Jackman 1 year

Any good cat owner already knows this. The scientists here clearly dont own cats and failed to do anything better with their life than to prove the sky is blue.

David Giarratana
David Giarratana 1 year

Duh. I can discern the different sounds my cat makes. I can even differentiate between sick meowing (he's gonna puke) or "clean out my litter box you lazy good for nothing" meowing. Of course they can discern a series of sounds we say to them all the time.

Orion Dakota
Orion Dakota 1 year

My cats name is "Kitty." That's it. Also what freaking moron scientists initiated this "study" and for what purpose? Was the scientist trying to figure out why his cat wouldn't respond to his name? Newsflash: Your cat hates you and that's why you are being ignored. My cat certainly doesn't come when called but knows anytime I say "kitty" or "bad kitty" that I'm clearly referring to her and looks over to see if there's something that benefits her.

Deadman 0_0
Deadman 0_0 1 year

A study for shit we already know from being pet owners. Money well spent.

Unbiased Intent
Unbiased Intent 1 year

Yeah, my dog already knows that.

Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis 1 year

Cats are the down syndrome of the pet world

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