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If there anything more upsetting than when you call your cat over for a hungover cuddle on a Sunday morning and it just gets up and walks out the door? Yes there is, and it's the fact that it's most likely ignoring you on purpose.
Researchers in Japan recently rounded up a bunch of felines and conducted a study which involved several experiments to see how the cats would react to their own names.
They recorded both the cat's owner and a stranger (with roughly the same accent) saying nouns similar lengths to the cat's name, before playing the audio back to the animals with 15 second intervals between each sound. The cat's name was played last.
Whenever the cat's name was used, they realised its ears pricked up or their heads moved, from which the researchers drew the conclusion the cats recognised monkiers.
"From the results of all experiments, it this appears that at least cats living in ordinary households can distinguish their own names from general words and names of other cats," the researchers wrote.
"We conclude that cats can discriminate the content of human utterances based on phonemic differences," they added.
"This is the first experimental evidence showing cats' ability to understand human verbal utterances."
So there you have it: your cat isn't innocently unaware that you need its love, more likely it's a sassy little fluff ball that doesn't GAF either way. But we expected that all along.
"Although such discrimination is acquired without explicit discrimination training, instead emerging from the patterns of natural daily communication between humans and cats, we may utilise this ability positively for cats' quality of life," the study also explained.
So while it might not be good for you, at least the cat is happy.
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