CATS RECOGNIZE HUMAN’S VOICE BUT DON’T CARE, SCIENCE CONFIRMS
(Tokyo) A study confirms what we’ve always suspected: cats recognize their human’s voice but for mysterious reasons currently unknown, actually do not care. Comparative cognitive science researcher Atsuko Saito at the University of Tokyo tested cats’ responses to sound stimuli, thus: 50% to 70% of test cats turned their heads upon hearing a random sound; 30% moved their ears (which, notably, are able to move 180°) upon hearing their human’s voice; but only 10% meowed or flitted the tail. Adult cats meow only to communicate with humans; one may deduct a meow that closely follows its human’s call amounts to a reply. Moreover, researches indicate cats respond (if they actually do at all) with “more intensity” to their human’s voice than to a stranger’s, though did not specify how. Due to dogs’ comparatively promiscuous friendliness, conducting a similar experiment proved impossible; consequently Saito plans to duplicate the study with horses, who though not ill-disposed are more sociable than the average cat.