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(News.com.au)   The good news: Your cats do recognize your voice. The bad news: They don't care   (mobile.news.com.au) divider line 44
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2013-11-29 08:56:07 AM
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2013-11-29 08:57:01 AM
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2013-11-29 08:57:24 AM
Hell, my cat can recognize my footsteps as opposed to my wife's or a strangers. Unfortunately he only uses this information to plan his next ambush with tooth and claw.
 
2013-11-29 08:59:50 AM
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2013-11-29 09:01:14 AM
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2013-11-29 09:01:21 AM
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2013-11-29 09:01:24 AM
It's not that they're not evolved enough--they're not domesticated enough.  Dogs have been domesticated for tens of thousands of years, while cats have been domesticated only a few thousand years.  It takes a while to get the wild instinct out of them.
 
2013-11-29 09:01:55 AM
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2013-11-29 09:03:57 AM

Voiceofreason01: Hell, my cat can recognize my footsteps as opposed to my wife's or a strangers. Unfortunately he only uses this information to plan his next ambush with tooth and claw.


Both our cat and our dog can tell the engine sound of our car from other cars. If our car stops in front of our house, the dog will get up to greet whoever is arriving. The cat might get up, too, if he is hungry. If another car stops, they just don't react at all.
 
2013-11-29 09:04:14 AM
It really depends on the situation. We have three cats, and the mere articulation of the phrase "Who wants treats?" sparks a degree of focus on their part that's breathtaking to behold.
 
2013-11-29 09:04:25 AM
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2013-11-29 09:04:58 AM
They'll listen to this.

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2013-11-29 09:07:28 AM
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2013-11-29 09:12:21 AM
From my own anecdotal archives.

The cat will come when it wants to.  Just finding it and petting it for a brief moment works better than calling its name.  I did this many times with my cat and quite often after a quick petting she would get up and come to me.
 
2013-11-29 09:13:11 AM
People domesticated dogs.

Cats domesticated people.
 
2013-11-29 09:21:46 AM
One of my cats comes when called, unless she's asleep.

The other cat expects me to come when called. I am very well trained.
 
2013-11-29 09:24:59 AM
My cat has clear specific vocalizations for "lets play!" and "I'm hungry!"

If I call her to play, she usually comes. More often then not, she's asking to play with me though.
 
2013-11-29 09:26:09 AM
My cat listens to me when I tell her to get off of the table, even if I'm in another room. The funny part is, she does it while growling under her breath. I think cats understand human speech a lot more than people recognize. They just ignore the vast majority of it. She also growls when a car enters the driveway or stops on the road in front of the house.
 
2013-11-29 09:29:54 AM

markfara: It really depends on the situation. We have three cats, and the mere articulation of the phrase "Who wants treats?" sparks a degree of focus on their part that's breathtaking to behold.


"Time for bed" provokes a following to the bedroom to sleep on warm human, for my cat.
 
2013-11-29 09:32:51 AM

starsrift: markfara: It really depends on the situation. We have three cats, and the mere articulation of the phrase "Who wants treats?" sparks a degree of focus on their part that's breathtaking to behold.

"Time for bed" provokes a following to the bedroom to sleep on warm human, for my cat.


Interestingly, that phrase has the same effect on me.
 
2013-11-29 09:34:28 AM

big pig peaches: One of my cats comes when called, unless she's asleep.

The other cat expects me to come when called. I am very well trained.


same here.  when i was younger my dad would yell up the stairs to the cat and she would come running down from wherever she was hiding (planning).  sometimes i would be giving her an amazing petting and she would hear my dad call and, boom, she was gone.
also if sneaked down to the basement and someone shut the door you bet there will be meows until one of her servants came to the rescue, or if she wanted better food.

i miss that cat
 
2013-11-29 09:34:49 AM
I say that cats not listening to you is nonsense.  I think it's more like "selective hearing".

If my wife calls the cats, they come running.  This is because they know it's time for food or something.  We have no illusions about the self serving nature of cats.  If the kids call, they come running, likely because they sound more like my wife.  If I call them, they completely ignore it.  The best I can do is open a can of tuna or something.  They will come running from 3 houses away.

This is why when my wife insists that it's too cold out overnight, and the cats need to be called in, I cannot be the one to do it.  "You know they don't listen to me..."
 
2013-11-29 09:56:47 AM
The debate isn't cats vs. dogs.
It's which ones taste better?
 
2013-11-29 10:02:46 AM
My favorite cat would come when I call. And she could differentiate between me calling her and me calling the other cat or the dog. She died last year. Tumor in her mouth.

/RIP Bimba girl
 
2013-11-29 10:16:10 AM
What a stupid myth.  It depends on the cat, and cats tend to be more independent than dogs.

This is supposed to be science?
 
2013-11-29 10:20:40 AM
It depends on the cats. Some are more domesticated than others. Depending on the mood, if we're in the same room I either get a reply or a look of "I'm right here you fool," but if they're in another room or downstairs when I close the door they usually come trotting over.

Other cats couldn't care less, I've met them.

People don't talk much about cat breeds, but certain breeds tend to be better at this than others. Some are more loyal and attentive than others. Cat breeding has grown recently, something that was not so much of an interest outside of show arenas for a long time.
 
2013-11-29 10:27:55 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: It depends on the cats. Some are more domesticated than others. Depending on the mood, if we're in the same room I either get a reply or a look of "I'm right here you fool," but if they're in another room or downstairs when I close the door they usually come trotting over.

Other cats couldn't care less, I've met them.

People don't talk much about cat breeds, but certain breeds tend to be better at this than others. Some are more loyal and attentive than others.


Very true. Different breeds have different traits. We have a Persian who is breathtakingly stupid, but amazingly affectionate. I've found this to be true of Persian cats in general.
 
2013-11-29 11:59:38 AM
I would come home from work, and the kid, the dog, and the cat would all come to the door to give their own version of a greeting. My husband, however, would ignore me and expect me to come find him.

Five years on, and the kid is out of the house, the dog still greets me at the door, and the cat stares at me from the warm lap belonging to my husband. She does, however, let fly a loud meow at me when I come in the door.

The cat also would try to follow us around if we took a walk. We had to shut her in the house so that she wouldn't try to cross Main Street.
 
2013-11-29 12:56:55 PM
It's not that dogs were domesticated and trained to do what people say, it's that dogs are pack animals.  Their natural behaviour is to stay with the pack and follow the pack leaders, so they understand what we want in a way that cats never can.  Put a dog on a leash, the dog understands it's supposed to stay with you, even if it wants to charge ahead and pull you with it half the time.  Put a cat on a leash, it just pulls back with a look of "What the hell is going on here?"
 
2013-11-29 12:59:24 PM
I have about a 25% success rate when calling my cat by name.  If I want guaranteed success, I have to go to the bathroom and hit the throne.  The cat can be on the other side of the house, but he'll hear the exhaust fan turn on and the toilet seat clank and come running.  If you close the door, he will howl like a banshee and paw under the bottom of it.  Most amusing when he does it to house guests.
 
2013-11-29 02:29:45 PM
If I had a cat I would name it Willie.

Because "Willie hears ya, Willie don't care!".
 
2013-11-29 02:42:13 PM

lobotomy survivor: Voiceofreason01: Hell, my cat can recognize my footsteps as opposed to my wife's or a strangers. Unfortunately he only uses this information to plan his next ambush with tooth and claw.

Both our cat and our dog can tell the engine sound of our car from other cars. If our car stops in front of our house, the dog will get up to greet whoever is arriving. The cat might get up, too, if he is hungry. If another car stops, they just don't react at all.


My last cat knew my car engine sound as well. When I lived in an apartment (with a den window that looked out on the parking lot), my cat would come out on the balcony and yell at me if I wasn't coming upstairs fast enough.
 
2013-11-29 03:23:16 PM
15 minutes after you died, the cat has eaten your eyeballs.
or
6 months after you died, the dog steadfastly guards your corpse.

Not a hard decision.
 
2013-11-29 06:48:01 PM
My cat comes to me whenever I call her name. She doesn't respond to "get out!" while I'm using the bathroom but meh, compromises.
 
2013-11-29 07:35:56 PM

Dinjiin: I have about a 25% success rate when calling my cat by name.  If I want guaranteed success, I have to go to the bathroom and hit the throne.  The cat can be on the other side of the house, but he'll hear the exhaust fan turn on and the toilet seat clank and come running.  If you close the door, he will howl like a banshee and paw under the bottom of it.  Most amusing when he does it to house guests.


wyltoknow: My cat comes to me whenever I call her name. She doesn't respond to "get out!" while I'm using the bathroom but meh, compromises.


Here's my question for all you cat psychologists: What is it with cats and their obsession with being with someone using the toilet? Pretty sure they don't want your company when they use the litter box.
 
2013-11-29 07:38:26 PM
My favourite in dogs vs cats is still this: dogs can be trained to detect cancer, while cats can be trained to shiat in a box.
 
2013-11-29 09:24:17 PM

Mandapants: I would come home from work, and the kid, the dog, and the cat would all come to the door to give their own version of a greeting. My husband, however, would ignore me and expect me to come find him.

Five years on, and the kid is out of the house, the dog still greets me at the door, and the cat stares at me from the warm lap belonging to my husband. She does, however, let fly a loud meow at me when I come in the door.

The cat also would try to follow us around if we took a walk. We had to shut her in the house so that she wouldn't try to cross Main Street.


My newest barn kitty, KittyKitty, follows me around like a dog!  This past summer my donkey disappeared and KittyKitty followed me all day as I searched for him:  it was over 90F and smoky as hell and because he's got long black hair he periodically stopped to lie down, panting, so then I'd pick him up and carry him for awhile, until he wanted down.  And he follows me when I walk over to the neighbor's house and has learned to dash under her Jeep when her horse comes thundering up to investigate

He's a silly kitty :-)
 
2013-11-29 10:46:32 PM

Nidiot: Here's my question for all you cat psychologists: What is it with cats and their obsession with being with someone using the toilet? Pretty sure they don't want your company when they use the litter box.


Simple.  They want to make sure you clean out their water bowl when you're done.
 
2013-11-30 12:35:13 AM
I don't care if they don't care.
 
2013-11-30 01:10:46 AM
Cats rule! (Dogs are ok too.)
 
2013-11-30 01:13:21 AM

JoshTheTech: The debate isn't cats vs. dogs.
It's which ones taste better?


Dumb.
 
2013-11-30 02:14:08 AM
To heck with these observations and comments. What I want to know, from a few articles back, did any crazy farker put lipstick on their cats ass yet?
 
2013-11-30 03:18:07 AM
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2013-11-30 03:30:21 AM

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CSB: One time I was sitting in a dark room playing a MUD and I had a glass of water between me and my monitor. I was really intent on whatever it was I was trying to accomplish, and I saw this piece of dust floating down in front of my eye. Only it was too big to be a piece of dust. What the heck, I thought, as I focused on the thing coming down: giant farking spider just descending on a thread and happened to land on the lip of my cup. Faaaaaaaaaark that shiat I freaked out backwards and hit my head on something hard.

I'm still alive but the spider died a long time ago.

/most spiders are harmless to humans so what's the big farking problem...
 
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