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Cats Know Their Names, They Just Choose To Ignore You


Dogs are well known for learning their names and lovingly charging towards you when it's called. Cats on the other hand are somewhat fickle animals, often ignoring their names. As a result, it's been up in the air among scientists whether or not cats actually recognize words. 

But on Thursday, scientists in Japan said they'd acquired the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between human words. That means cats may well be as linguistic as dogs, who have been shown to recognize hundreds of words if they're highly trained. 

Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo found that when cats hear their name, they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet. And they hear their name a lot, both of which make that word easy to distinguish from the hundreds they hear every day.