Skip to comments.Cat news shocker! They ignore their owners, study confirms
Posted on 04/29/2014 11:15:45 AM PDT by boatbums
The agony of unrequited love. It may be what keeps us devoted to the felines in our lives. A recent study confirms what cat owners have long known. Our cats understand us when we talk to them, they just dont give a fig about what we have to say. A study by two University of Tokyo researchers determined cats recognize their owners voices from those of strangers. With the owners out of the cats line of vision, researchers played recordings of three strangers calling the cats names followed by a call from the cats owner and then by the call of another stranger. Researchers charted the cats reactions by measuring a number of responses, including head movements, tail and ear movements, eye dilation and vocalization or whether they moved their paws. When strangers called their names, the cats had no reaction to the voices whatsoever. When the cats heard their names being called by their owners, they moved their heads and ears to locate where the sound was coming from. Researchers say it proves that while cats can distinguish their owners voices, their responses are not communicative. In other words, he hears you just fine, he just doesnt care what you want from him.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/28/4871733/cat-news-shocker-they-ignore-their.html##storylink=cpy
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I’ll call my cat, who is facing away from me, and the ears swivel back in periscope fashion. But, that’s the only thing that moves.
I guess cat owners will just have to accept and appreciate that they get even that much of a response from a species that obviously believes we are on the planet to do its bidding.
Not always true. It depends on the cat, and how they were domesticated.
I had a barn kitten that fell asleep in my lap, the first day mama brought them out of hiding. And that is where he stayed until the day he died.
All I had to do was say his name, and he would come running from wherever he was, and plop in my lap.
(and I love 'em both)
I can call my cat from anywhere in the house and he will come running.
(I have to use the special cat call though, which sounds just like a can of food being opened...)
Exactly. I could be lying on the ground dying and calling the cat and it would just look at my and go on its way.
Cats just have to be taught that YOU are dominant from a very young age. You do this by holding them belly up in a cradle type position from the time they are a small kitten. If you do this they will display nearly all the traits that dog owners love about their pets, and nearly none of the negative traits associated with cats.
My cat Yoda would jump up on my shoulder and give me kisses! Boy, I sure miss that pretty girl.
Always have some treats handy like a life alert then your putty will be by your side when you croak on the floor.
"Yeah", he answered, "We had four."
"What were their names?", Jon asked.
"Let's see...there was Cat, Cat, Cat and Cat.", he replied.
"No names?" Jon asked
"What's the use of naming a pet that doesn't come when you call it?", he said. ☺
Cat news shocker! They ignore their owners, study confirms
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On the contrary, our cats see my wife and I as interesting subjects for observation. As such, they come to see us when we get home and follow us around the house when a very necessary nap doesn’t require attention. They also are attentive to instructing us as to the proper feeding and care of cats.
PING over to you Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=
A black panther here used to come out at night and raid the henhouses. If you went out he would follow you everywhere. I think he thought I was going to open the chicken coops for him.
Raccons, on the other paw, will come when I call them by name and they never ignore me. Squirrels will always come when I lie to them and tell them I have peanuts. Same for chipmunks. Opposums tend to ignore me as well as skunks and fishers,...
Bobcats also just run away.
Maybe if the owner sounded like a can opener.