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Your Cat Really Doesn't Care What You Have To Say, Study Shows

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 12/03/2013 10:23 am EST

 

Pet owners who have a sneaky suspicion their cats aren’t interested in them may be on to something.

Recently, researchers found that even though cats can differentiate between their owner's voice and that of a stranger, they possess more of a “don’t care” attitude when it comes to responding. In other words, the furry felines can definitely hear you; they just don't care enough to acknowledge you.

“Historically speaking, cats, unlike dogs, have not been domesticated to obey humans’ orders," the study notes. "Rather, they seem to take the initiative in human–cat interaction.”

The study was published in the Animal Cognition journal in July, but the research recently fell into the spotlight earlier this week when it was picked up by Reddit.

For the study, researchers observed 20 domesticated cats in their homes for eight months to monitor how the pets recognize and respond to human voices that call out their names.

In the end, when they heard a human calling, 50 to 70 percent of the cats turned their heads and 30 percent moved their ears -- typical reactions to hearing any sound. Only 10 percent responded to being called, either by meowing or moving their tails, the study said.

These response rates were about the same whether the cat was being called by strangers or by an owner. But the cats did have a more intense response to their owner's voice. So while cats may seem aloof, they may have a special relationship with their owner, the study's authors told Discovery News back in June.

"Previous studies suggest that cats have evolved to behave like kittens (around their owners), and humans treat cats similar to the way that they treat babies," study co-author Kazutaka Shinozuka, of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, told the outlet. "To form such baby-parent like relationships, recognition of owners might be important for cats."

Albeit, the study concludes by noting that, “the behavioral aspect of cats that cause their owners to become attached to them are still undetermined.”

Maybe it’s all that “tough” love that has owners pining for affection.

Article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/30/cat-hearing-study-owners-dont-care_n_4351732.html



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