Do Cats Know Their Name?

do cats know their name

Call me by your name, and I’ll call you by mine, famous author Andre Aciman writes. But how is this possible for our fur babies and us if they’re clueless about what their articulated identities are?

When it comes to cats, it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of cuteness in the charisma department.

They’re adorable, fun to play with, and occasionally incredibly good listeners. But do cats know their name?

Cat Training

The experts from the University in Tokyo tested the question by studying and observing more than fifty felines living in cat cafes in the vicinity.

They tried calling the names of the cats and looked out for any details in their responses.

They also tried having their respective owners and random strangers call the cats, and they found that they did respond well when their name was called.

To shake things up, they even tried confusing the cats by calling them using words that sounded very similar to their names, but the cats did not manifest the same response.

The study also noted that one of the probable reasons that the cats may have remembered their names was because they paired the sound of their name with particular rewards and prices.

Whether tasty treats or some form of positive physical reinforcement, it’s been proven that rewarding our fur babies with positive reinforcement merits promising results.

The team in charge of this study ran other experiments, as well! They discovered that cats could understand a human’s body language and gestures and use this knowledge to find food that was hidden from them.

It’s also been established that cats remember the voice of their owner.

On top of that, these smart four-legged babies also ask for food from people who call them by their names and stare at them.

It was during moments like these that led the scholars to confirm that cats, once and for all and very well, remember their names.

So Does This Mean We Can Train Cats?

Fortunately, for us, cat moms and dads, the answer is yes. We can, indeed, train our feline family pals the tricks and trades of being cuter more capable beings on earth.

On the flip side, science has also somewhat confirmed that cats could be a little more on the challenging party to train.

So if you’re bent on raising a sophisticated, participative, well-informed feline citizen in today’s society, you’re going to have to be patient and persistent.

As if hunting for rodents and jumping from one building top to another isn’t impressive enough, cats have a lot more to offer.

What commands or tricks can cat learn, you ask? They can be taught to sit, lie down, roll over, and even give their cute little paw when you ask for it.

Cats, however, are unable to fetch sticks and bones when thrown in nearby distances.

Helpful Tips and Reminders When Training Your Cat

In training your cat, it’s important to remember that just like other pets, they are generally motivated to do things that are beneficial and entertaining to them.

So using your cat’s favorite treats or their favorite toy (be they a remote control or a rag doll) will come in handy.

Don’t expect, however, the same strategy to work for all kinds of cats.

Remember that cats, too, have different personalities. Some will be charming enough to participate, some affectionate, while some will be bound to ignore you being the independent creatures that they are.

So when you train, be determined, but relax now and then, too.

Take it from every valedictory speech: nothing great ever comes easy so, take things easy!

Also, remember not to teach them too many tricks in a short time so as not to confuse them.

Cats have a considerably shorter memory and attention span compared to other equally cute household pets.

You can, however, review past tricks that you’ve taught them every once in a while, just to make sure they still remember it.


All these said, have we finally answered the age-old question?

Are we now able to better debate with our dog-lover counterparts should the need arise? Do cats know their name?


With every fiber of our mortal flesh and with every piece of study dedicated to discovering more about our feline family, the answer is yes.