Voice recognition software.

I could google this, but for the sake of this post, I’ll allow my curiosity to fester.

“This” is the phenomenon of my cats seemingly recognizing my (and maybe the boyfriend’s) voice. I know that I’ve read that cats respond better to women’s voices, something about the tone. Moosh and Taco seem like they respond to our voices, particularly by their names. Taco is less of a sure thing, he just talks all the time, and to whatever variation of his name we use. But he at least looks like he knows that he’s being talked to. Moosh, on the other hand, knows his name like the back of his paw. Maybe it’s just the tone that we say it in, or the way that “Moosh Moosh” sounds. Saying it sometimes gets him all worked up, like I’m petting him without actually petting him. He’ll close his eyes, purr, and look like he’s in ecstacy.

He's a happy boy.

He’s a happy boy.

It’s funny what you discover from years of co-existing with your animals. How you can figure out what their triggers are. Why do they have the triggers they do?

The best response I can get from Moosh is by shaking my head back and forth while saying his name in a deep, cooing voice. He’ll come running almost every time. Unless he gets distracted.

Taco’s ultimate call-over involves more energy. He responds best to an excited voice. Less coo-ey, more OMG, but still in a deeper voice. He gets all jacked up and runs over. If I’m laying down, combining that with patting my chest plate loudly will get him up and on my stomach purring.

This is what happens when you're bored and have too many apps.

This is what happens when you’re bored and have too many apps.

So…am I crazy? Does anyone else know quirks this intimate about their furry children or do I just look waaaaaay too far into things?



  1. aimee

    You are, of course, not alone on this one. Zoey carries on whole conversations with us and even says “mom” (I swear) and “now.” She does not like when we’re loud – particularly Kyle – and comes over and reaches up and kind of does this “uhhh” noise as if to say shut the f* up. Lily barks at us (kind of a “marh” sound) and tries to corral us like cattle when she wants our attention. And Lucy…well…Lucy is into singing. It gets her attention and if we accentuate the “oooohs” and “u” sounds she goes crazy. She will meow and pace until we stop. Now that I type all of this, I feel like a crazy person….LMAO.

    • MEOWhearthis

      Hahahaha well you’ve made ME feel less crazy! We just know our babies. I love your kids’ quirks, I’m amused that they all have such a wide range of them!

  2. Boomdeeadda

    Cats absolutely know their names and depending on their personalities respond consistently to them. Our two cats are not at all similar in habit or meow. Blossum is our ‘Chatty Cathy’ and I think she’ll even say “Waaaaaa” in a winey, annoying voice when she’s being too pesty, LOL. Petals on the other hand is quite but full of spunk. She does nothing slowly including jumping on and off your lap if you call her. I have the scars to show for it.

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