Why Don’t Cats Respond When Called?

Abstract

A dog can be taught to respond to his name when called, but cats, as usual, are a different matter. Cats can recognize their name, but don’t count on them to answer the door every time. This unresponsive conduct might have a scientific explanation. According to evolutionary evidence, dogs have been domesticated for over 30,000 years.

 


Here are some strategies to make it more likely that your kitty companion will care to reply!


History

Dogs were domesticated by our forefathers, who bred and trained them to follow directions. This explains why some dog breeds are currently so simple to teach. On the other hand, cats and humans first developed a symbiotic relationship around 10,000 years ago. Cats and people discovered that they have a positive interaction. The food supply of humans, for instance, would draw rodents. Rodents that tried to get at the humans’ food supply would be killed by the lingering cats. As a result, both parties are content!

Research

Even though cats have won our hearts, they still don’t respond to commands from owners as dogs do. Cats are more likely to respond to their name than any other word, according to a 2019 study. In the study, four distinct words that had the same length as the cat’s name were said to it by the researchers. The cat would react differently to its own name each time. Of course, this research does not establish that cats have a conceptual understanding of names. They are aware of one particular association, nevertheless, with their name. So, the second thing we consider is: Do they simply choose to ignore us? Less than 10% of the cats in the research actually got up when called.

 

Most likely, you’ve already taught your feline companion to respond to the call of name. Your cat is definitely more receptive to the crinkling sound of a bag of treats than to you calling their name, though! According to veterinary behaviorist E’Lise Christensen, “you may build on an already strong association” because your cat is familiar with the sound of a treat bag or treat canister.

Here are some strategies to make it more likely that your kitty companion will care to reply!

 

Pick a name that is simple to remember

Clear, succinct names get significantly greater responses from cats. Your cat will have a much harder time understanding names with long, convoluted names. Consider giving your cat a short nickname if it already has a long name. Additionally, the majority of a cat’s learning occurs during the first 12 weeks of life. After that, a cat will find choosing a new name harder.

Be optimistic and take it slow

The first stage is obviously to teach your cat its name, so take it easy and be optimistic. Sit next to your animal companion and say its name out loud in a happy voice. Give the cat praise when it glances in your direction. A treat is a fantastic incentive for this behavior. A reward will increase the likelihood that your cat will visit you in the future. They will then relate their own name to something wonderful.

It’s normal to be ignored

Don’t let your cat’s lack of response demoralize you. Despite being magnificent animals, cats struggle with obedience. Don’t worry if your cat doesn’t appear to want to come when called. Certain felines never learn. We adore them just as much despite this part of their personality.

Never punish your pet 

Cats don’t take it well. Instead, they react when they are rewarded for doing something good. Never reprimand your cat for not answering the door when you call. Punishment will cause stress or fear in the cat, which might result in behavioral issues.

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