Scientists say pets appear to show comprehension, but are probably not attaching a deep meaning to words
Despite their aloof nature, cats are actually perfectly capable of recognising their names when called, according to a new study.
While many cat owners are doubtless already sure their beloved pets understand them, there has never been much evidence to back this up.
Dogs on the other hand, as well as apes, parrots and dolphins, have all shown some understanding of human speech in tests conducted by scientists.
Now, a Japanese team led Dr Atsuko Saito at Sophia University recruited 78 feline subjects from surrounding households and “cat cafes” to find out if cats also possessed this ability.
“Cats are sensitive to differences in human voice characteristics,” the authors wrote in their paper.