My cat seems to recognize his own name when I call him. Does he really understand what I'm saying to him?
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
Studies on animal vocalizations are still in their infancy, but research has shown that many species not only respond when their name is called, but also that they name conspecifics (i.e., fellow cat relatives and friends) with or without human involvement. For example, a recent study found that wild dolphins name each other. Bats name each other too.
Since cats and dogs seem to understand the name-equals-self connection, it's very likely that many mammals name each other. If you have more than one cat, it could then be possible that your pet has two names: one in "cat speak" and the other that you gave him.
To reinforce your cat's recognition of his name, use it whenever you spend quality time with him. He will then associate your speaking his name with positive things, such as praise, treats and you.