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Do Cats Understand Their Own Names?

Does a cat recognise its own name? When you give a shout, they immediately appear to you.

Even if cats can't always make sense of our words, they can certainly learn to make connections between different noises.

Familier Sounds

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Food Words

They can also learn to associate certain sounds with rewards like food or human attention.

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Cat Name

The sound of their own titles elicited the strongest emotional response in the cats studied.


The home cats responded to their owners' names much more frequently than the cats in the cafe.

Cafe Cat VS Home Cat

The sound of their human is more likely to elicit a reaction from your cat than any other voice.

Owners Voice

Then, you should use their name and award them if they respond positively.

Positive Response