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Does Your Cat Recognize You?

Does Your Cat Recognize You?

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Does my cat recognize me?” Don’t be fooled – your cat does know you…just not in the way you think they do.

Cats have different ways of recognizing people and other cats. They use sight, scent, sound, movement, and patterns.

Keep reading to learn how your cat recognizes you!

Can your cat recognize your face?

If you are reading this, then it’s safe to say you can see well enough to recognize other people’s faces. Cats can also do this, just not as well as humans do.

According to a study published in the Journal of Vision, cats do recognize human faces. The cats in the study were able to recognize the face of their owners from a selection of life-sized head shots. However, they’re much better at recognizing the faces of other cats.

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Does your cat recognize your scent?

Cats are excellent when it comes to recognizing scent. Their sense of smell isn’t as good as dogs, but still much better than ours.

Cats like to get very close to your face and sniff around. You should let them – this is how they get to know you and bond with you. Plus, it’s super cute!

You might notice that your cat likes to curl up in your laundry – this is very comforting to them. It makes them feel close to you and protected.

Useful Tip: Leave some of your unwashed laundry on the ground while you’re at work and it will make your cat feel less lonely while you’re gone.

Does your cat recognize your voice? 

A cat’s ears are like finely tuned satellites. They can hear a mouse moving from across the house before they ever see it. Naturally, they should be able to recognize their owner’s voice too.

A 2013 study in Tokyo found that cats were able to tell their owner’s voice apart from the voices of strangers in recordings.

Now this doesn’t mean that the cats went running for their owners after hearing their voice.

They ignored the voices of strangers calling their name and their ears twitched slightly when they heard their owner calling their name. Cats know better than to be bothered unless there is food involved!

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Does your cat know your routines?

Absolutely. Cats are very skilled at recognizing patterns, especially when it comes to their owners.

Your cat knows the difference in your pace when you’re about to feed them versus when you’re walking to the bathroom.

They know what time you wake up and go to sleep because it helps them predict when they’ll be fed.

USEFUL TIP: Use your cat as a reminder tool. If you want to remember to take your vitamins at a certain time each day, start a routine of giving your cat a treat beforehand. You might forget, but your cat will not!

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We don’t give cats enough credit for their memory. Cats remember familiar humans even after several years apart.

Cats can seem oblivious to us from time to time, but they certainly recognize us!Don’t be fooled into thinking your cat doesn’t care about you or recognize you. They love you very much – especially if it’s dinnertime.

Cats can seem oblivious to us from time to time, but they certainly recognize us!

SUMMARY: How Does Your Cat Recognize You?

  1. Facial recognition
  2. Scent recognition
  3. Voice recognition
  4. Routine & pattern recognition

QUESTION: How does your cat show affection? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Yes my Sami does recognize me when I call her she answers with a soft meow and when I walk in a room she’s in she greets me.she is smart and understands a lot of words.she waits for me to open blinds in morning and knows when it’s bedtime.

Laura Reed

Sunday 24th of November 2019

My cat isabella has to be in my lap all the time.. My lap is hers not mine..lol she likes to play with paper wads and socks...


Sunday 15th of September 2019

My Binx grooms my hair and eyebrows. My Lily pats my arm or hand. My Ling Ling rubs against my legs and talks. My Callie nose-rolls in the floor to get tummy rubs.

Lanore Long

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Timmy kisses me & hugs me. Wisdom headbutts me. Angel curls up next to me. Little Man lays on my feet. Jazzy sleeps next to me.

Martha Lozier

Monday 9th of September 2019

My cat Mouse is 3 now but my concern is she attacks me what I mean is she actually jumps on me


Monday 16th of September 2019

When she does that, say "no" in a stern tone of voice and put her in a separate room for 5 minutes for a time-out. This way she knows you do not appreciate her attacking you. When playing with her, use a wand or something a long toy that keeps her attention focussed on the toy and away from your hands. It's important to note that you shouldn't discourage her from playing with you - she just needs to learn how to play nicely.