Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found that cats are mentally mapping their humans’ location based on audio clues in the environment, including the sound of the human’s voice. This is known as socio-spatial cognition, in which animals keep mental tabs on the inferred locations of other group members, even if they’re not visibly present. The researchers conducted the study with both house cats and cats in cat cafés and found that yes, cats are definitely tracking us! For more about this fascinating study, visit ScienceAlert.com.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we explained what DNA testing can tell you about your cat, on Tuesday, we featured a cat food company that gives back to cats in need, on Wednesday, I shared some gorgeous photos of Allegra in front of my maple tree, on Thursday, we told you how your senior cat can help science, and on Friday, we told you about our exclusive discount on the Assisi Loop and Loop Lounge.
Today’s video of a Bengal cat retrieving a toy made my jaw drop. I knew Bengals could jump, but this is amazing. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.