A new study published Thursday in Scientific Reports claims domestic cats do recognize their own names — they just couldn't care less.
For the study, scientists first had cat owners repeatedly say four words that were similar to their cats' names.
Next the owners said the actual names, and the researchers looked at whether individual cats appeared able to distinguish their names from the similar sounding words.
The cats had more pronounced responses to their own names — moving their ears, heads or tails, or meowing.
Then the researchers had strangers speak the names to the cats to test their response. Though their responses were less prominent than when their owners called them, they still appeared to recognize their names.