Nonetheless, the fact that pet cats– and possibly other domesticated animals– can recognize the names of their furry siblings is astounding.
Still, the researchers believe that the more felines residing in one home will make forming these lingual connections more difficult.
“The number of cats living together might have an influence since more cats probably means fewer opportunities to learn specific cat name-identity relationships,” the team said.
And as for how the cats are able to remember names, the scientists admit to being unsure.
“It is still an open question,” the authors wrote. For now, they welcome further research opportunities and hope to address this phenomenon with other domesticated animals, including dogs and horses.
To read the study’s complete findings, visit the link here.
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