When Felix is called, Felix actually comes. At least when there’s something to eat, or an offer of a cuddle with its owner. And, of course, when the cat just feels like it.
Even if most domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) are fiercely independent, the fact that they recognize the name given to them and respond to it is something assumed to be true by their owners. So far, however, there has been no scientific evidence to show that this is the case. Until now, that is — thanks to Japanese researchers.
Pip knows his name, he responds to it when called, usually with a condescending smirk as he heads in the opposite direction.
By the way, for those asking or not – Pip has made a very good recovery from his very bad month.
He’s eating, sleeping, playing as normal again. I learned something – Cats eat pumpkin, and it’s good for their digestive system. We tried a number of new foods when he was ill as his appetite dropped right off. So long as its chicken or fish Pip will eat the pumpkin.
All in all Pip is doing pretty good for a soon to be 15 year old Tuxie.
Pic – Pip in repose. Favourite chair, sun streaming in.