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Cats don’t respond to your voice. True or false? — 9 Comments

  1. They’re responding even when they’re ignoring you. You can bet they hear every move you make and every word you say. if you were opening a can of food the cat would come running. Instead the cat is on it’s on time table about coming to you. This I think is what separates a lot of the cat people from the dog people. If you want a pet to come to your every beck and call, get a dog. Cats see life differently. My only cat who comes when called is Mandy. She knows her name and comes running straight at me when I call her. The others either take their time or totally ignore me. Wonder how many cats are returned to shelters because they don’t jump on a whim?

    • Good point and a really nice photo. Cats are super aware of what is going on around them even though they give the impression they are not.

      They will respond if it is worth it to them.

    • Oh, Elisa. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Mandy. Torti girls are a favorite of mine. She’s magnificent!
      My favorite artist is Jackson Pollack; but, not even he could have splashed colors that way.
      I named one of my feral torti girls “splash”, and she is similar to Mandy. It’s hard for me to keep my eyes off of her.

  2. The majority of my cats will respond to my voice maybe 75% of the time even if it’s only with a glance.
    My 2 biggest responders are Damon (“Hoarder”) and Cora (“Me-me-me”). They don’t care whose name I call, they’re at attention. After all, they may miss something.

  3. Monty comes when I call. Sometimes I just want to check on him and he does come, although sometimes I have to sing to get him to come out. I used to sing when I’d feed him. If for some reason he does not respond, as happens once in awhile, I go into the kitchen and set a plate down on the counter. He magically appears within seconds, announcing his presence with a little, “Meow.” (Anything for me?) I think my cat is more likely to come when called because of his history as a starving feral– he always hopes to be fed.

  4. This is one of my favourite cats poems and says it all:
    I will come when you call
    If I want to!
    I will purr
    If I feel so inclined.
    And we’ll live side by side
    In affection and peace,
    But you’ll never know
    What’s in my mind.

    Yes cats come when we call…IF they want to!
    Of course they know their caretaker’s voice and mostly Walter and Jozef come if either Babz or I call, unless they have better things to do, such as watching a mouse and waiting to pounce. Then we can call until we are hoarse, they don’t choose to come and why should they? When we are doing something important to us we don’t like being interrupted and told to do something else.
    I wish researchers would stop analysing everything and leave cats with the air of mystery that makes them very special and unique to have in our lives.

    • You make a good point. Cats come when they want to. People don’t jump on command. Why should cats? There is an assumption that companion animals should come on command. I don’t think we should have that assumption. People like it but it is not necessarily a good thing.

      • That’s what people like about dogs I suppose, they come when they are called and they take any amount of neglect or abuse and still kowtow to their ‘master’
        I think some people like the feeling of power over their pets, so cats are definately not for them!

  5. Cats do respond to their human care-takers calls. I have observed this habit in my two traditional Persian cats who respond to the voice of their care-taker Sabina.Diaz, my house-keeper. She takes care of the feeding of the cats and they are very prompt whenever she calls them, identical to a obedient dog. I have made my observations over the 6 1/2 year life-span of cat Matahari and 4 1/2 years over the life-span of tomcat Matata. Although both cats are friendly to me they realize that for food its not me but the house-keeper who is the main person in the house.In fact, cat matahari will even try to open the kitchen door by along with Sabina , clawing on the closed door, a very common habit akin to a trained dog.

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