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Cats Recognize Their Owners Voice But Choose To Ignore It
Smithsonian ^ | 12-2-13

Posted on 12/02/2013 5:07:58 PM PST by Dysart

Cats, according to new research, recognize their owner’s voice. They just can’t be bothered to react to it.

Researchers in Japan arrived at this conclusion after performing experiments with twenty house cats. They played recordings of the cats’ owners’ calling to their pets in whatever cat-talk voice they typically used. They also played recordings of three strangers calling to the cats, using the same words.

To quantify the cats’ reactions, the researchers recorded how often cats moved their head, tail, paws or ears, or whether they meowed or dilated their pupils. While the cats showed a significantly greater response to their owners calling their names than to strangers doing so, they did not bother to get up in either instance, the researchers found.

As the Independent explains, the authors think cats’ dismissive attitudes are a product of their evolutionary history over the past 9,000 years:

As early societies developed agriculture, these cats moved in to prey on the rodents that were attracted to stores of grain. In the words of the paper’s authors, they effectively “domesticated themselves”.

“Historically speaking, cats, unlike dogs, have not been domesticated to obey humans’ orders. Rather, they seem to take the initiative in human–cat interaction.” This is in contrast to the history of dogs and humans, where the former has been bred over thousands of years to respond to orders and commands. Cats, it seems, never needed to learn.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; imignoringyou; kittyping; voices
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For the cat people.
1 posted on 12/02/2013 5:07:58 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

yehp, that sounds like my cats. I have to give them a can of wet cat food to bribe them to come in then they obety me.


2 posted on 12/02/2013 5:10:20 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: Dysart
In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods.

They've never forgotten that.

3 posted on 12/02/2013 5:11:12 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Dysart

My husband does the same to me, except he says he is hard of hearing.


4 posted on 12/02/2013 5:11:21 PM PST by dforest
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To: dforest

huh ?


5 posted on 12/02/2013 5:11:51 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: Dysart
Researchers in Japan

Actually, it's just the stupid "Hello Kitty" thing that the cats have gotten tired of.

6 posted on 12/02/2013 5:12:16 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: amnestynone

My cat must love me, because it never fails to come when I call.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 5:13:08 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Dysart

My kitties ignore my voice, but they come running if they hear crunchies being poured into the food dish. And one of them comes running if we get cheese from the refrigerator; she knows what the packaging sounds like.


8 posted on 12/02/2013 5:13:15 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Dysart; Slings and Arrows

This is a good one!


9 posted on 12/02/2013 5:13:56 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Dysart

My husband says, that cats remember they were once worshiped as gods and will never let you forget it.


10 posted on 12/02/2013 5:14:37 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Dysart
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that very few of these blokes has ever been married.

Come to think of it, I can think of a couple of dates that I decided never to repeat due to similar attitudes. Here's a hint: when some female spends the majority of the occasion chatting on the cellphone... Run Away. It is only going to worsen from there.

11 posted on 12/02/2013 5:14:47 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: dforest
My husband does the same to me, except he says he is hard of hearing.

Yeah, I use that one sometimes.

12 posted on 12/02/2013 5:14:58 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart

My cats follow my every command. As long as it’s what they wanted to do anyway.


13 posted on 12/02/2013 5:15:48 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Dysart

>>For the cat people.

Because dog owners already instinctively knew this.


14 posted on 12/02/2013 5:16:28 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Dysart

15 posted on 12/02/2013 5:16:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: advertising guy

He recognizes my voice, but choose to ignore it.

just saying

Get it? *joking*


16 posted on 12/02/2013 5:16:30 PM PST by dforest
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To: Utilizer

Texting has become a big player now which is slightly less annoying.


17 posted on 12/02/2013 5:16:49 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart

So you are a normal guy.


18 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:07 PM PST by dforest
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To: Dysart; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition

19 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:17 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Dysart

Well, duh!


20 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:21 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Dysart

Cats recognize any carpeted area and spray all over accordingly.


21 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:36 PM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: zot; Interesting Times; NYer

I had once had a cat who could hear the crinkle of opening a bag of potato chips from wherever he was in the house and was at my feet before I closed the cupboard door.


22 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:59 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: CAluvdubya

lol


23 posted on 12/02/2013 5:18:01 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Dysart

Depends on the cat.


24 posted on 12/02/2013 5:21:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dysart

If you live in a house and there is a cat there, and you believe you are the “owner”, understand the cats have a different word for it.

“Sucka!!!!”

There’s a new one born every minute!


25 posted on 12/02/2013 5:22:25 PM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Dysart

You haven’t been ignored until you’ve been ignored by two large Maine Coon kittehs. Unless they want something.


26 posted on 12/02/2013 5:24:24 PM PST by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Dysart

Just like husbands! And sons!


27 posted on 12/02/2013 5:25:43 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dforest

my huh was defendin my male fellow freepers........I , beyond that, ain’t admittin K Rapola.


28 posted on 12/02/2013 5:26:11 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: Dysart

And they needed a research study to determine this - what every cat owner knows inherently? One must use reverse psychology on cats.


29 posted on 12/02/2013 5:27:02 PM PST by PuzzledInTX
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To: advertising guy

uh, okay, got it!


30 posted on 12/02/2013 5:28:25 PM PST by dforest
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To: Jonty30
My cat must love me, because it never fails to come when I call.

My cats must love me, because they always come when I fill their food bowl.

Hey, wait a minute! Why I oughta…..

31 posted on 12/02/2013 5:29:19 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: dforest

yep

I wansn’t here !


32 posted on 12/02/2013 5:29:31 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL, perfect, that’s like something Ann Althouse would post.


33 posted on 12/02/2013 5:29:36 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Dysart

Anyone who
Has ever had a cat knows this. It is a basic part of being a cat. Cats do not always wish to respond to inferior beings and especially their servants


34 posted on 12/02/2013 5:29:46 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Pontiac

sorry but that was knee slappin funny


35 posted on 12/02/2013 5:30:39 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: Dysart

The only sound they respond to is the can opener.


36 posted on 12/02/2013 5:30:48 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: advertising guy

I didn’t think so. Does any of this make any sense?


37 posted on 12/02/2013 5:31:56 PM PST by dforest
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To: JoeProBono

I love Tardar Sauce, I just want to give her huggies.


38 posted on 12/02/2013 5:33:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Publius

My Cat comes when I call her.


39 posted on 12/02/2013 5:33:43 PM PST by omega4179
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To: advertising guy

Thanks that was the desired effect


40 posted on 12/02/2013 5:34:02 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Dysart
and how many tax dollars did they funnel to Capt. Obvious for THAT analysis???
41 posted on 12/02/2013 5:35:21 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: dforest

we’re talkin cats................sense ? Cats ?


42 posted on 12/02/2013 5:36:01 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: Pontiac

it did


43 posted on 12/02/2013 5:37:00 PM PST by advertising guy (givin Iran, an oil producing country, billions, is like givin Texas cattle cause they can grow hay)
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To: a fool in paradise

44 posted on 12/02/2013 5:37:11 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: Dysart

The cat always wins.


45 posted on 12/02/2013 5:37:40 PM PST by j_tull (Massachusetts - once leader of the American Revolution, now leader of its demise.)
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To: Dysart
Somehow, I always picture that one gesture repeated in several cellphone shots of a certain female where in pretty much every one she is holding up a finger to indicate "just one minute here" while she is either chatting into a phone or attempting to text something, and someone else remarked:

"You know what those pics say to me?"

"They say: I'm Number One! I'm Number One!"

In other words, nothing else is so important as whatever I choose to do at the moment for ME.

46 posted on 12/02/2013 5:37:42 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: faithhopecharity
Has ever had a cat knows this. It is a basic part of being a cat. Cats do not always wish to respond to inferior beings and especially their servants

Well, yes, cat people know of it; even I, fortunate dog guy that I am have observed this aloof cat phenomenon, but the WHY as postulated here, is what I thought was intriguing. Slightly.

47 posted on 12/02/2013 5:38:11 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

48 posted on 12/02/2013 5:38:38 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: advertising guy

Yep, I have three of them. They are always responsive.


49 posted on 12/02/2013 5:39:01 PM PST by dforest
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To: onedoug; stylecouncilor

ping


50 posted on 12/02/2013 5:40:40 PM PST by windcliff
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