Calling All Cat Owners: Unraveling the Reasons Behind Feline Disobedience

While teaching a dog to come to you when you call his name is pretty simple, training a cat—as usual—is more difficult. Although cats are aware of your name, don’t count on them to answer your call every time. This unresponsive conduct might have a scientific explanation. Evolutionary evidence indicates that dogs have been tamed for approximately 30,000 years.

Dogs were tamed, bred, and trained to obey by our forefathers. This explains why training some dog breeds is so simple these days. On the other hand, about 10,000 years ago, humans and cats developed a symbiotic relationship. Both cats and humans discovered benefits in their interaction. For example, rodents would be drawn to the food source provided by people. Rodents threatening the human food supply would be killed by the lingering cats. As a result, everyone is content!

Even if they now hold a particular place in our hearts, cats still don’t obey their owners’ orders as well as dogs do. Cats are more likely to react to their name than any other word, according to a 2019 study. The cat was given four distinct terms in the study that matched its name in length. The cat would react to its own name in a unique way each time. Naturally, this study doesn’t demonstrate that cats are genuinely aware of names. They are aware of a particular connection to their name, though. The second thing we consider is: Are they just ignoring us, we wonder? Less than 10% of the cats in the research truly woke up when called.

Most likely, you’ve already taught your feline companion to respond to calls. However, your cat generally responds better to the crinkling sound of a treat bag than to your calling out his or her name!“Since your cat knows the sound of a treat bag or treat canister, you can build on an already strong association,” veterinary behaviorist, E’Lise Christensen says.

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Here are some ways to increase the likelihood that your feline friend cares to respond!

  • Choose an easy name to remember: Cats react far more favorably to short, precise names. Your cat will find it much harder to understand names that are long and complicated. If your cat already goes by a long name, you might want to give them a short nickname. Moreover, within the first 12 weeks of life, cats learn the majority of what they know. A cat will find it much harder to learn a new name after that.
  • Start slow, and stay positive:Not surprisingly, teaching your cat its name is the first step. Recite your pet’s name aloud when you’re seated next to it. Reward the cat with praise when it glances in your direction. Giving this behavior a treat is a terrific method to reward it. Your cat is more likely to come to you in the future if you offer them an incentive. They will then identify a favorable association with their own name.
  • It’s natural to be ignored:Your cat’s lack of response should not depress you. Although they are magnificent animals, cats struggle with obedience. Don’t worry if your cat appears unwilling to come when called. There are cats that never learn. This simply enhances their charm, and we still adore them!
  • Never punish your furry friend:Discipline doesn’t sit well with cats. Instead, people react when they receive praise for acting in a positive way. Make sure you never give up on your cat if it ignores your calls. When a cat is punished, it will experience stress or fear, which can cause behavioral issues.

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