Cats are often our best friends when we need them, but they can also give us a cold shoulder from time to time. So that begs the question are our words of love and affection actually reaching our feline friends? Well just like with dogs you’d be surprised how much a cat is able understand and separate.
Many studies have been done in the name of pet research to truly figure out how much a pet can understand and bond with their owners. With new technology even being made to allow a pet to talk back to you, through a series of buttons. Sometimes you can credit it to basic pattern recognition, but other times it’s your cat wanting you to hold them or do something for them.
So a study that was posted in the Animal Cognition Journal, aimed to find out just how well cats react to their owner’s voice, versus that of a stranger. This was done through speakers that played different voice lines and as it turns not. Not only are cats able to pick up which voice was their owners, but a majority of the cats increased their activity when hearing their owners voice. Also tested was if the tone in which the person speaking would negatively or positively affect the cat’s behavior.
The results for this second test, showed that cats were able to differentiate pitch as well. When speaking in a higher cat like pitch. The cats reacted in a positive manner by moving around, turning their ears towards speakers. Compared to the second set of sound bites that had someone speaking to another person. The cats mostly ignored the voice.
So, the next time you think your cat might not be listening they most certainly are. They might just be willingly ignoring it. Of course all cats are different, but it certainly goes to show that cats are a lot similar to dogs and humans than some give them credit for. To see the full study used to determine the bind between cats and humans Click Here. Otherwise sign up up for our newsletter so you never miss a PAWsome moment at Magic.