For some odd reason, many people still think animals aren’t intelligent. Most likely those people are the ones who are less intelligent than the animals. For the rest of us, it should come as no surprise that Japanese scientists have determined that cats can recognize the words we say including their own names.

In four experiments with 16 to 34 animals, each cat heard a recording of its owner’s voice, or another person’s voice, that slowly recited a list of four nouns or other cat’s names, followed by the cat’s own name. When the cat heard its own name, it perked up.

This proves cats are paying attention to what you say although it also shows that cats feel free to ignore you whenever they want.

To read more about this study proving cats can recognize their names, click here.