Cats might act aloof, but they still seem to know their names. A team of Japanese researchers read cats a bunch of words, and found even when their name was at the end of the list they responded to it in some way. Dr. Kristyn Vitale, who didn’t participate in this study, but does do research on the cat-human bond, said the results likely mean the animals learned to recognize a sound, not that they were assigning a sense of self to their name. Study authors also noted that cats living in cat cafes were less able to tell the difference between their names and the names of their fellow residents. (

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