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.
My wife has taken on the traits of the cat...I too could be on the ground dying calling their names....well anyway you know the rest of the story
They needed a study for that????? LMAO!
Yes...thank goodness for the exceptions! Beaux is much more responsive to his name than Stella.
“I could be lying on the ground dying and calling the cat and it would just look at my and go on its way.”
If you’re laying there dying the cat is thinking, “Rats. I don’t have opposable thumbs. On the plus side, he weighs like a bajillion mice, so I’ll just cover him with rug fluff and eat high on the rodent for...oh...like...forever.” (California kitty.)
Our cat tunes in to the television. She knows that when she hears the TV, we’re sitting down, and she chooses a lap. Usually my husband’s lap. My daughter had to start bribing her with treats to sit in her lap. She also comes running if we say “want to go outside?”. She adopted us, though, not the other way around.
It’s also good policy to follow for longstanding marriages.
My cat would ALWAYS come, especially when you addressed him as “Food for kitty!”
To prevent duplication, please do not alter the published headline, thx.
I know! It's like they're thinking, "Could be food...don't risk not knowing!".
It has to sound like a can of TUNA to get my cat’s attention.
I don’t see how there is any way to predict if cats in general will come when called-they have individual personalities like any other living creature.
The most affectionate of my 3 cats, Midget, is a feral-born tabby midget found in the woods. She appears instantly when I call her name, and any time I work from home she will curl up next to me and touching in the chair-like she is right now.
My other two cats, a mostly-Persian orange tabby, and a gray tabby Maine Coon were pets that got lost and ended up at the animal welfare shelter. The Persian, Titus vocalizes with dog-like woofing noises when he wants to be petted, and Yeti boy sometimes jumps onto my chair, but neither is as loving as Midget...
you can only affect how they turn out if you raise them from the time they are a small kitten properly.
I got my orange persian Titus as a lost pet/shelter kitten at 4 months, and he has always loved to be cradled belly up-he follows me around and loudly demands that I do that as soon as I get home from work-but unlike my dog, or the Midget, he will not come when called...
>>I dont see how there is any way to predict if cats in general will come when called-they have individual personalities like any other living creature.
I think there are processes that are automatic. For example, human eyes dilate when they see something they like. Our intelligence drives what we like, but the reaction cannot be controlled.
The small reaction of the cats are probably universal in recognition of owners’ voices. What happens after that will be based on the individual.
Mine would always answer.
And I have a relative that can train them so well, that they will use the toilet and flush afterwards (no kidding) I have never attempted that, and didn't believe it myself until they demonstrated the cat doing it for me.
We have 3 cats, an outside calico, patchkitty who is without a doubt the meanest cat I have ever been around. She is nearly feral but will come to me to be fed and to sleep in our garage at night. She wants no part of being touched but will smear against me and purr. If it moves or crawls around the house or garage in her world it dies and is eaten, well mostly eaten I find remains from time to time.
We have an indoor calico Abigail who showed up as a kitten, you get about 30 seconds with her in your arms to be petted after that all bets are off. She does follow me around and will love and purr and smear on me and sit next to me in my office for hours, but little to no holding. Her and my other cat a tom like to run, play and brawl with each other.
We have male Maine coon Maximus who was abused by owner when he was a kitten and has a crossed eye and bad paw which sweeps out to the left when he walks or runs. He looks like a monitor lizard when walking or running. His previous owner abandoned him in an apartment and the apartment owner asked if I would take him.
He is definitely mine, follows me everywhere, kitchen, bathroom, bed etc... If I am in garage working he is at kitchen door wailing to come outside. He waits for me to get out of the shower in the morning and get dressed and then I say come on Maximus you have the point and he trots off in front of me the whole way to the garage door.
As for the article, really they spent money to study the obvious...
I’ve had Titus since he was a kitten-and I thought Midget was a 6-month-old because of her small size, but when I took her to the vet for shots, it turned out that she was between 11/2 and 2 years old, and just never grew-I had her spayed the next week.
Yeti boy was already about 2 when he turned up lost, with a collar but no chip. He is affectionate but isn’t into being carried around like the other two-just as well, since he weighs 22 pounds...
“Is he going to give me something I want? If not, I’d rather just lay here with a blank stare and an empty thought bubble.”
In solidarity, I ignored reading the article.
I can’t tell you how many cats we’ve lost. After searching the house entirely and not missing a spot, the darn cat would just walk into a room where we were, and we never even knew which doorway it walked though.
I did find one though. It was in the hole at the end of the pool table, hunkered way down and out of sight and I only found it when I was looking for the pool ball.
Cats need to have some time alone.
However, I had one which sat in my lap for hours while I watched TV and purred w/o stopping the whole time.
Yep. We’ve figured out long ago that our cats don’t give a fig WHAT we say. Our cat, Brutus (a GIRL who refused the first two names we gave her and would only answer to BRUTUS) is as independent as a hog on ice. (One evening, I was calling “Lambchop” (the second name I’d tried on her), but she wouldn’t answer. The neighbor kids across the hill started laughing hysterically and hooting “Lambchop! What kind of a name is LAMBCHOP!?” It seemed she later told me, “SEE WHAT I MEAN ABOUT THAT NAME BEING DORKY?!” So, I changed it to “Brutus”, and she answers to that awful name.)
It's fun to compare the amount of tangible usefulness to humankind displayed by dogs, then do the same for worthless cats.
I was told at the shelter the person who rescued and brought Yeti boy, my Maine Coon in thought he might have belonged to a woman who lived a mile or so down the road from there, was emotionally a mess and had checked herself into a psych facility out of state, turning the cat out to fend for himself.
The poor cat was skin and bones, so stressed he was pulling out his fur, and obviously wanted to be someone’s kitty again. I took him right then and there, gave him attention, toys, groceries and vitamins-that was over 8 years ago, and he is healthy and happy.
My 3 kitties stay indoors, but there is a neutered orange cat that I feed-he belongs to people next door who only come here on some weekends and holidays-they seem indifferent, and don’t have any other pets, but when I asked if they would give me the cat, they weren’t having any of it-and the cat seems to know he belongs to them, staying there the whole time they are in residence. The rest of the time, he eats here, and sleeps in the little doghouse I got for him and put on the deck, or in the garage when it is cold.
He has no interest at all in coming inside, having been invited-he plays with my cat-loving Husky when she is outside with me, and likes to be petted now and then, but he seems devoted to his mostly absentee owners. When I move in the next year or less, he will likely be abducted...
“When I move in the next year or less, he will likely be abducted...”
Go for it——poor little kitty probably wouldn’t even be missed.
I have an indoor dog, too-a Husky, and love both dogs and cats.
Some cats are sort of like the lilies of the field, I guess-they provide enjoyment. But I live in the country, so mine always work for a living, as well-they keep the house rodent free...
They had to do a study to find this out? o.O