If Minka is called, comes to Minka. At least if there is a treat or a Snuggle with a master or mistress to dust off and you just desire.

although Cats have a mind of their own: That cats recognize their names and respond to, the holder foregone conclusion. So far, scientific evidence was lacking. The place is now Japanese researchers.

domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus), you can actually hear your name from other words. The write to Atsuko Saito of the Sophia University in Tokyo, and his Team in the journal “Scientific Reports”. It was the first experimental proof that cats can understand verbal utterances of people.

The Japanese researchers believe that is only explored for a short time, the ability of cats to communicate with people. Here, you’ve found out, for example, that to understand cats, if your holder shows with the Finger on the way to your Eat. In addition, cats change, at least in part – their behavior, depending on whether your Mr Chen look fierce or friendly.

The Team of Saito from a total of 78 cats looked. The researchers looked at, among other things, how the animals react, when you hear first in a row of four General Japanese words from the Band. The attention of the cats took off. Then you play your own Name. The researchers made sure that the words had a sound similar to the Name of the cat, and that they were the same stresses.

The result: the Majority of the cats responded to their names. They moved their ears or head. The effect was also observed, if not the cat’s owner said to his pet, but a stranger. With another Experiment, the researchers were able to show that cats from households with more than one tiger, presumably, your name and those of others may differ.

The recognized cat expert, Dennis Turner, the study for “serious” surprised he is so right. “Cats are very intelligent and adaptive animals – if you are ready to participate in,” says Turner, who was not involved in the study. However, most holders will lose patience before your sweetheart have learned something.

In Germany, there are far more than ten million cats. According to industry Association pet products Association, lived in the year 2017 in more than every fifth household, one or more of velvet paws. The results from Japan are safe on German cats are transferable, so Turner. “I expect no differences in the vocal behavior or the ability to name.”

The Can the cats resulting from the daily interaction of human and animal, write to the Japanese researchers. They propose to use the potential: “Maybe we can bring cats to learn that they can bring dangerous objects or places with specific utterances.”

dpa