For me this sweet tabby cat is not necessarily hungry when she responds instantly to the call ‘Ya hungry’. She might be ready to eat but she is really responding to her human companion’s call and unusually it is an instant response. This goes against a study which was turned into a massive news item about 6 months ago when everyone (except me 🙂 ) was saying that domestic cats don’t respond to their owner’s call. They do sometimes and sometimes they do it slowly. And, yes, sometimes they don’t. Does that remind you of someone you know?
The relationship that this cat has with the guy is close. You can see that and it’s what is behind the rapid response to his call. The cat responds to the sound as if she has been trained with reward based training – food is the reward when responding to the call but it is no longer required. I am sure the guy could use the call ‘Ya hungry’ anytime he wanted his cat to come to him and it would work just fine. The cat’s contentment in responding to the call is evident when she comes and rolls over. What do yo think?
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