Study: Cats know their names, they’re just ignoring us

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, file photograph, a black cat lounges on a small bed in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(CNN) — Have you ever wondered if your cat is ignoring you, or just doesn’t know its name? 

Well, researchers from Japan wanted to find out, so they experimented to see how cats would react to their names. 

Researchers played audio recordings in the cat’s home and with their owner out of view.  

The recordings were of the cat’s owner and strangers saying nouns similar to the cat’s name, and then finally the cat’s name.  

They say most of the cats reacted when their names were spoken, moving their heads or perking up their ears.  

Which leads researchers to believe cats are able to distinguish their name from other random sounds, but they choose to ignore our calls to come hang out.  

The study was published in Scientific Reports. 

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