How many words can a cat learn?
Cat content And the cat understands!
Of course, the message comes directly from the supposed capital of the cat nerds with their cat cafes and petting hotels: Tokyo. At the Sophia University, Atsuko Saito's team of researchers has provided the first experimental evidence that cats understand or can differentiate between verbal utterances of humans.
Tests with 78 domestic cats
The team examined a total of 78 domestic cats of the Felis silvestris catus breed. They were first played four general Japanese words whose pronunciation and sound are similar to those of their own cat names. The cats' attention decreased more and more. However, the cats' attention increased during the subsequent audition of their own names. The majority of the animal test subjects moved their heads and ears significantly more when they heard their name, according to the researchers in their study.
It does not matter whether the voice comes from a stranger or from a mistress or master. Although the cats seem to recognize the voice of their owner, they still react to their name even when they hear strange voices. Another experiment in the study underscores the results: cats that live with several conspecifics in one household distinguish their own name from that of their roommates.
The Swiss-American animal researcher Dennis C. Turner considers the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, to be "seriously carried out".
The researcher is known worldwide as the cat pope and is convinced that the results can also be transferred to cats living in Germany. Thus, the probability is very high that the approx. 14 million German velvet paws will recognize their name. However, the fact that they do what they are told is another matter.
Able to learn and good for your well-being
But that is not always due to the animal. "Because cats are adaptive and intelligent animals and sometimes quite ready to learn things. But most owners lose their patience beforehand," says the animal researcher and biologist Turner of the dpa.
But "the ability of cats results from the daily contact between humans and animals", the Japanese researchers conclude.
But the benefits of a close bond exist for both parties. Michigan University has found that pets help older people be more active, cope better with illness, and make masters feel better in general.
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