The question of whether cats know their names has intrigued cat owners and researchers alike. While cats may not respond to their names in the same way as dogs do. However, studies suggest that they do recognize and differentiate their names from other words or sounds. Cats are highly perceptive animals with keen hearing, and they can learn to associate the sound of their name with positive experiences, such as food, playtime, or affection. Although cats may not always come running when called, they often exhibit subtle signs of recognition, such as ear twitching, eye contact, or a flick of the tail.
Additionally, cats are known to respond more readily to the voices of their owners compared to unfamiliar voices. While it’s true that cats may sometimes choose to ignore their names, their ability to recognize and respond to them indicates that they possess some level of awareness and understanding. The bond between a cat and its owner is unique and complex. Even if they don’t respond at the sound of their name, cats have a special connection with their human companions.
Lilly is doing a great job of coming when she is called. She still doesn’t want to be picked up and cuddled (except at night) but she wants to be with us.