Dogs may race to their owners when called, but cats… well, choose not to, as it may turn out. According to a recent study reported on by Discover magazine, cats can actually tell that their owner’s voices is more “special” than strangers’ voices.
The study involved playing three different stranger’s voices serially, followed by the owner’s voice, to each of the 20(!) test domestic cats. Fifteen of the cats responded significantly different to their owner’s voice by slightly moving their ears and head. This may indicate that cats “are able to use vocal cues alone to distinguish between humans.” Well, that, and their ability to see who’s opening up the tuna can every morning.
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