Does Your Cat Really Know It’s Name?
My family has been a pet free family since, well...forever. This changed a few weeks ago when my five year old wanted to adopt a kitten. My wife and I caved in and we now own a cute little splotchy colored girl kitty.
Brody named our cat "Fuzzy Cat". In a recent article on 95.3 The Bear's website, I read where Taylor Swift got a kitten and named it after a character on Law and Order, Olivia Benson. This made me remember a radio bit from several years ago where I made public that I was convinced that naming a cat is just a formality and I don't believe cats know their names.
I think cats will come to anything you call them. Until a few weeks ago, I had no cat to really test my theory. Now there is "Fuzzy Cat" . She answers to "Here Kitty, Kitty", "Here Meow, Meow", "Hey catty cat", and yes, she will come to "Here Fuzzy Cat". If I walked outside and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, she would come running.
Fuzzy Cat associates me with being petted and FOOD. I could call her Elvis Presley or Donna Fargo and she would come.
I will say that I don't think cats are dumb by any stretch. I have seen Elvis..., I mean Fuzzy Cat wait by the door when she hears me coming and pounce through my legs and run inside. There has to be some ability to reason there for Fuzzy Cat to know to wait by the door when she hears footsteps. I get it. I just don't think cats know their names.
Obviously, some people, including Kimberly Madison, believe differently. I caught a LOT of flack and I mean a LOT of flack over this stand. I searched the Madison and Shepherd call archives and found some pretty upset callers who completely disagree with me. (Except one guy...he made me laugh) Am I wrong?
Listen to some of the callers in the video below.