Take it from me. Cats know their names. It depends on how you say them though and whether we’re in the mood to acknowledge your presence.
Do cats know their names, Thomasina? My cat often comes to me when I call him. But when my cat sitter calls him, he never appears.
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- Say your cat’s name often so he gets used to hearing it. Say it the same way, too, Once he’s “Ti-gurrr,” he should always be Ti-gurrr. If you say Tiii-ger sometimes, he won’t be sure who you’re talking to.
- We like to hear simple, musical human speech. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re calling your cat.
- Most of us love treats. Rewarding your cat with treats or some wet food will make him feel like it’s worth it to come when you call.
- We like the sound of “s” in a name. And most of us come when we hear “eee,” as in Kiteee.
- We also like two-syllable names. Maybe that’s why, when our human says “Thomasina,” all I hear is “Thoma.” After that, I stop listening.
Of course, when you’re calling a cat, you have to remember who you’re dealing with. Have you heard the quote from Mary Bly, “Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you.” It’s true! And don’t assume that we’ll get back to you anytime soon, if at all. We sometimes have more important things to do, like taking a nap!