Do cats know their names?

Have you ever wondered...

Do cats know their names?

Are dogs smarter than cats?

Why do cats purr?


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Are you thinking about getting a cat or dog? Do you really want the animal to know their name? Do you want the animal to be smart as possible? Do you want to know the signs of a happy pet?

We have all had a pet in our house or been to someone's house, and they had a pet. We always ask the name and call it. This usually ends up in a couple different ways: the dog comes running at you full speed and jumping or the cat walks slowly into the next room not even acknowledging you are alive or talking to it.

This would lead people to think that cats do not in fact know their names, which could lead to the reasonable conclusion that dogs are smarter, right? Dogs can fetch, play dead, roll over, used by law enforcement, and most of all respond to their name. Dogs have to be smarter or are they actually more obedient? Maybe dogs just choose to respond to humans more so than cats. Maybe cats just have bad attitudes, and dogs are truly mans' best-obedient-friend. A study done by the University of Tokyo researched cats and their reaction to being called by name. Research showed that while cats do know they were being called by name, through body reactions in the cats, but the cats choose not to react to this in an affectionate manner.

We all want the smartest possible pet. We want friends to come over and our pet do all these cool tricks to impress them. So, which one is smarter the cat or the dog? Which one is smarter and going to impress friends and guests more? Well, there is no black and white answer to that. There is no way to accurately compare dogs to cats in terms of intelligence level. These two animals are bred for very different purposes. Dogs are very good animals for communication and friendliness, while cats are good with tasks like pulling levers or a string. When exploring pet options the intended purpose needs to be the determinate for type of intellect sought after.

Pet lovers love to have happy pets, and most see cats as a way to determine its happiness. Its pretty easy purring equals happiness, while not purring equals unhappy. This seems over simplified to me, upon further research we discover that there are many types of purrs. Some represent soothing, other cats do it while healing, and most when they are calm as we think. It all comes down to knowing your pet with these purrs.

Try it out...

Next time you are around a cat call its name, and watch for its body language as a response. Maybe it will even come to if its feeling extra affectionate, but probably not. The University of Tokyo did this research with a number of cats, and it showed that the cats would locate sound with ears, but not look directly towards. Additionally, they showed a great level of response when it was the owner calling the cat's name opposed to a stranger's voice.

Beyond popular belief dogs are actually not smarter than cats in general, nor are cats smarter than dogs. Each animal is specialized for something, and they excel in that area. When picking an animal consider what you want to do whether that is going to the park and playing fetch or maybe playing with a laser pointer for our pure amusement. When selecting animals, intellect is purely determined for desired tasks.

Knowing our animals are happy is priority. Nothing is better than having the satisfaction of being a good pet owner, and our dog or cat being beyond pleased with our caring abilities. While we would love for our pets to write down a thank you letter exemplyfing how good of a job we are doing. Unfortunately they cannot, so we must rely on how well we know our animal to ensure their happiness. With cats we just can not rely solely on how much they purr to measure how happy they are with how we are treating them.