Cats in the study were surprised when their owners appeared to “transport” from one location to another, the study concluded. Results from this study demonstrate evidence of socio-spatial cognition in cats, meaning they can mentally picture where others are through cues like sound.
“It is generally believed that cats are not as interested in their owners as dogs are, but it turns out that they were mentally representing the invisible presence of their owners,” Takagi said.
A cat’s mind can be complex (하나 이상의 방법으로)
Other animals, like vervet monkeys and meerkats, demonstrate this sense as well. The study said this ability to create mental images based on sound and other stimuli indicates complex thinking. The ability is particularly important for animals that need to hunt prey under poor visibility.
“This is an ability that is the basis of creativity and imagination,” Takagi said. “Cats are thought to have a more profound mind than is thought.”
, certified cat behavior consultant with Fundamentally Feline
, said cats can get attached to their humans
— especially when they’re older
. She said some senior cats wake up distressed when they can’t see or hear their owners
“This is a great example of elevating our expectation of the cat a little bit and realizing that they do have the capability of having that bond in that relationship where they actually will take comfort in their people,” 존슨은 말했다.
Studies have found cats can also distinguish between their 소유자’ and a strangers’ 목소리
, and they can recognize emotional sounds
“Cats spend most of their time sleeping, and people often think that it’s good that cats just sleep,” Takagi said. “But cats … may be thinking about many things.”
Our feline friends might be more perceptive — and hear more — than we give them credit for.
Whether they choose to listen to you is a different story (or study).