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“If cats could talk, they wouldn't.” –Nan Porter. Though this quote is funny and humorously alludes to cats' stoical side, cats actually talk quite a bit—and mostly to. Learning how to speak cat is not simply a parlor trick you can perform to amuse your dinner guests. It's an important part of training your cat and.
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The new study was an effort, therefore, to prove—and provide scientific evidence for—something cat owners have claimed all along. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Twitter Posts. Your not the only one that does this. My Talking Angela. These insights aside, researchers have only scratched the surface in terms of understanding the feline ability to communicate with humans—hence the uncertainty about cats being able to recognize their own names.
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Share this Article Print. These insights aside, researchers have only scratched the surface in terms of understanding the feline ability to communicate with humans—hence the uncertainty about cats being able to recognize their own names. The new study was an effort, therefore, to prove—and provide scientific evidence for—something cat owners have claimed all along. A critical aspect of study is a concept known as habituation.
These four words were the habituation stimuli i. The habituation stimuli also included the names of other cats. In other words, the cats were expected to get increasingly disinterested with each successive word spoken i. A scoring method was used to assess how many, if any, of these behaviors a cat exhibited upon hearing its name; each behavior was given 0. The same scoring method was used during the trials when the four dummy words were being uttered to grade the habituation process.
This protocol was repeated in four different experiments. The first tested the ability of household cats to discriminate their own names from the general nouns, while the second experiment tested the ability of cats who regularly live with at least four other cats to discriminate their own names from the names of the other cats. The third test was a repeat of the second test, but with general nouns instead of cat names. And finally, the fourth test was done to see if cats can discriminate their own names from general nouns when uttered by persons unfamiliar to them.
For the most part, the experiments showed that the cats were able to distinguish their own name, even when the name was said by a complete stranger.
Mikel Delgado from the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine said the paper was interesting, but she had some concerns, particularly with how the data was presented. Delgado was also concerned about the behavioral scores and how they were interpreted by the authors.
I guess it depends on how convincing or important it seems to, on average, show 1. Siracusa liked the new study, but he said the conclusions offer some interesting morsels for debate.