New Research: Cats Recognize their Companion Cats’ Names and Faces!

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that cats recognize the names of companion cats in the same household and can match their companions’ names up with their faces!

Learn more at the links below!

Takagi et al. (2022). Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives. Scientific Reports.

Cats can understand feline roommates’ names, recognize faces: Japanese study. The Mainichi. 

 

 

Can Your Cat Copy You?

I was recently interviewed by Science about a fascinating new study published this month in the journal Animal Cognition. The study demonstrated that a pet cat was capable of reproducing the actions of their human owner. The cat was trained using the Do as I Do (DAID) training method to repeat behaviors that their owner demonstrated. During the training, the cat learns that if the owner does an action and then says “Do it!” the cat should copy the behavior the owner displayed. So if the owner spins and says “Do it!” the cat should spin as well.

After the DAID training was complete, the cat underwent trials to see if they could mimic their owner’s behaviors toward a box. The owner either touched the box with her hand or rubbed the box with her face. Interestingly, the cat matched the behavior of the owner on 13 out of 16 trials (81%). This provides support that cats have the capacity to mentally represent the body parts and movements of their owner, relate those to their own body, and copy the behavior that was demonstrated. A video of the study’s methods can be viewed here!

Only 1 pet cat was included in this study and this cat already had considerable training experience with their owner. Future research can build off this study to further clarify if the cat’s life experiences, such as socialization to humans, may impact their ability to mimic human behavior. Until then, you can observe your own cat and try to decipher if they watch and copy you.

Kristyn Vitale, PhD

Sources:

Did we find a copycat? Do as I Do in a domestic cat. Fugazza, C., Sommese, A., Miklósi, A. (2020).  Animal Cognition. Read the full study here!

Kitty see, kitty do: cat imitates human, in first scientific demonstration of behavior. Grimm, D. (Sep. 25, 2020). Science. Link to full article here!

CatSci Ep. 4: Adventuring With Your Cat

Some may believe that cats are not cut out to travel, go on hikes or camping trips, or join their owner out on a kayak. But new trends in cat ownership are proving quite the contrary. Join us for our next episode where we discuss what it means to be an adventure cat. If you enjoy the episode remember to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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CatSci Ep. 3: Cat Relationships, Human-Cat and Cat-Cat

Did you know that cats can lead rich social lives? Join us for our next episode where we discuss the social relationships cats have with people and other cats. If you enjoy the episode remember to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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