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Study: Cats Do Recognize Their Names

Responses to the study, which attracted a good deal of attention, demonstrated many of the misconceptions that naturalism fosters.

It’s a sobering fact that the war on human exceptionalism makes nonsense of our ability to understand animals. If we start with the fact that a cat cannot understand abstractions like “my name” because he is not a reasoning creature, we can intuit that most cats can learn human sounds that make a difference to them anyway.

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