Your cat is only PRETENDING to ignore you: How cats can understand their owners’ voices but play dumb as a form of survival

They are often considered to be more aloof than their canine counterparts, but cats really can understand their owners’ voices, a study has claimed.
Japanese researchers have found that cats can distinguish their owners’ voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to.
The study, from the University of Tokyo, examined felines in their home environment. It involved recordings of strangers, as well as of the cats’ owners, but that cats could not see who was speaking to them.
Cats can distinguish their owner’s voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to
Cats can distinguish their owner’s voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to
The researchers found that cats responded to voices by moving their heads and/or ears nearer the person who was speaking to them.
Or, when the cats detected a familiar voice, they also had dilated pupils, which can signal emotions such as excitement, Discovery News reported.
These reactions were more likely to occur when the cats heard their owners voices or when they became increasingly familiar with strangers’ voices.

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