As funny/weird as it might sound, perhaps Ashley doesn't LIKE her name! When we first got Spooky, his nickname was Topper (part of his registered name); and he as a kitten never responded to it. My ex was the one that came up with "Spooky" (being he was all white). And when we used it, his ears perked up and he responded right away.
So maybe you could try some other names and see if she responds to another
cats are freakishly independent animals. Often times they wont respond to a name because its not in their nature.
My youngest cat, well we call him kitten. His offical name is Buddha (cuz the way he sits) but he only responds to kitten cuz we'd always yell "GET THE KITTEN!" "KITTEN NO!" BAD KITTEN!" when he was a baby.
Haha I simply refuse to adopt a cat that doesn't respond to my voice or to sound. When it came down to a choice between three kitties, two of them sat there staring blankly when I snapped, and the other(miss Trina!) had the decency to look interested in what I was doing!
You don't necessarily have to change the name, but you want to associate it with petting. I always repeat my kitties names to them when I pet them, so they always come when I call unless they're asleep or eating. You could try that! But kittens do have major ADD.. so.. good luck!
I think your kitty is young enough she still needs some time to realize you are talking to her. They just pick up their name after a while all on their own. Enzo will come running any time I say his name, he just loves being petted!
I've also heard that cats respond to names with a "sp" sound in them. But it does depend on the individual... I think some names are harder for cats to hear and make out, and some cats just don't catch on. It might also take time... if a cat has only had a name for a little while, s/he's less likely to know it than a cat who's had his or her name for 10 or 15 years. At only 11 weeks a kitten has yet to learn almost everything.
They also say that tone of voice is important, with most cats responding more to high-pitched sounds.
golden, i believe you. there is a difference when you start getting into the more exotic breeds though. i learned that with the Ragdoll i'm currently kitty-sitting. he *does* respond to his name, almost always. however, all my other "regular" cats suffer from a severe case of "selective hearing". :-) it's not that they don't know their name, i think they do. it's just that they are stubborn, independent, and must have been put on earth for the sole purpose of driving their humans crazy..... ;-)
Both of mine know their names perfectly well but will only respond if they feel like it (ie if they think there's something in it for them). Sometimes Mosi is just too busy to bother acknowledging his name but he knows that I mean him when I call "Mosi". Actually, I've discovered the best way to get Jaffa to come is to call Mosi (or Magpie, his brother, when he was alive). Nothing like making him think someone else is getting something to get him to come.