There’s been a lot of talk lately about choosing the perfect name for your cat. Pick the wrong name and your cat could spend a lifetime ignoring you. Let’s take a look at how your cat’s sense of hearing works to see if this theory holds up to scrutiny.
The Cat’s Ears
The very design of your cat’s ears will give you a hint as to they work. Sitting close together on top of their head, your cat’s ears can bend and fold their ears to pinpoint the exact source of a sound. But not just any sound.
The position of their ears, their pointy shape, and the small size of your cat’s head are designed to work together to pick up high-pitched sounds. The kind of squeaky noises that small animals like mice and birds make. Num num!
Now some experts think that cats can’t hear sounds on the lower register, but according to Cat Sense author, Dr. John Bradshaw, that’s not true. He says that scientists have discovered a separate chamber or membrane in the cat’s ear that can extend downward to detect sounds on the lower register, a whole octave lower. Good news for the men out there who love their cats.
But what does all this have to do with naming your cat?
Best Name For Your Cat
Based on how your cat responds to sound, it would make sense to choose a name with two syllables. A cat is far more likely to look up when you stress the second syllable of their name and end on a high note, in a sing-song-sorta way. So names that end in an ‘ee’ sound like Chloe or Toby work really well. Your cat will respond to the squeaky, high frequency of that sound, as well as the friendly tone.
I’m sure you could apply this logic to any name. So don’t worry about what name to give your cat. Even if you decide to throw caution to the wind and choose a name like Mr. Mistoffelees for you cat, singing it in a high-pitched voice will be sure to get their attention!