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post #1 of 14
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Any advice on getting my cat to learn it's name? Right now, I've gotta tap the floor for her to come over to me while calling her name. Then she gets over to me and I go "good maggie" and just keep doing that whenever I call her. Any other advice?
post #2 of 14
Food.

I find it takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for them to figure it out. How much they respond to their names though, varies from cat to cat. Miss Kitty really only answers to "Meow, Meow", Tasha doesn't seem to know her name at all but Peaches does come running when you call "Peaches".
post #3 of 14
I think it depends on the cat. Growing up we had Patch, Shiny and Oliver (who sadly didn't live too long). Patch knew her name. You'd say "Patch" and she'd come. Shiny was aloof and couldn't care les what you said as long as he got his dinner!

Symphony is sitting next to me and I just said Hay Symph and she looked up and meowed. Amadeus doesn't pay any attention, I call Amadeus!! Amee!! My-Amee!! lol he doesn't budge or look I could be saying anything to him (now get a piece of meat from the fridge and he's all ears!!) lol. Nefertiti shes a diva and if she wants to bless you with her divine attention then she will but if she can't be bothered amusing you she tends to switch off.

Good luck!! I like to think secretly all cats know their names, it's just some choose to amuse their humans by answering to it, others prefer to ignore it.

By the way i find if i ever want my kitties attentions you can't beat the good old meow-purr its where you meow followed by the back of the throat purr. Or the long purr where you meow and esculate it. Listen to how your cat meows to get your attention and copy her. I love to meow when im snuggled down with a good movie I usually end up with all three sat around me. (Or perhaps I am just a bit of a feline eccentric).. hmm
post #4 of 14
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See, I want my cat to meow when I say Mag or Maggie I guess she just needs time. And she LOVES these wiskey temp. treats. God, she's all over me when I even get the bag opened.

And, my mom and brother want to take her back because she doesn't 'like' my brother . I love her, and she tends to stick with me more to. I don't wanna give her up . I told my mom to just get another one, but chances are she'd come to me to lols.

I love her even though she won't stay with me all the time. She does have a resting spot in my chair in my room though. Beside my bed and one under my mom's bed, since it's enclosed and all. I think she's down there mostly if she's scared or nervous, etc.

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I think it depends on the cat. Growing up we had Patch, Shiny and Oliver (who sadly didn't live too long). Patch knew her name. You'd say "Patch" and she'd come. Shiny was aloof and couldn't care les what you said as long as he got his dinner!

Symphony is sitting next to me and I just said Hay Symph and she looked up and meowed. Amadeus doesn't pay any attention, I call Amadeus!! Amee!! My-Amee!! lol he doesn't budge or look I could be saying anything to him (now get a piece of meat from the fridge and he's all ears!!) lol. Nefertiti shes a diva and if she wants to bless you with her divine attention then she will but if she can't be bothered amusing you she tends to switch off.

Good luck!! I like to think secretly all cats know their names, it's just some choose to amuse their humans by answering to it, others prefer to ignore it.

By the way i find if i ever want my kitties attentions you can't beat the good old meow-purr its where you meow followed by the back of the throat purr. Or the long purr where you meow and esculate it. Listen to how your cat meows to get your attention and copy her. I love to meow when im snuggled down with a good movie I usually end up with all three sat around me. (Or perhaps I am just a bit of a feline eccentric).. hmm
post #5 of 14
Consistency is the key, and then it only works if the cat wants it to. Part of my trouble is that I call my cats so many nicknames they don't know what their real names are. Iris is the only one who responds to her name most of the time. Shareena, whom I've had the longest, doesn't know her name at all. She's most likely to respond to You Dratted Cat. Cali comes running when I call her name only if I have a bowl of vanilla yogurt in my hand. Miss Patchwillow comes running for supper, but if I'm trying to get her out of the office so I can close the door before I leave the house it's a different story.
post #6 of 14
Obviously the first thing is to ONLY call her one th ing, and make sure she asociates it with something good. When I first get a cat, I hold it gently on my lap, stroke it and whisper its name constantly into its ear. As a cat passes me I reach down and stroke it and say its name. And the same when I feed it. THen you can try calling it by name and see if it responds. Not all cats will meow when they hear their name (Wellington and Biscotte do, every time), but I think you can almost all of them to respond in some way, and to come if they expect it to result in something good.
post #7 of 14
Adopting a year-old cat is a lot like adopting a 13-year-old human child. A lot of their behaviors are fixed by that time, althought they do change over time.

There was a Garfield cartoon in which John, Garfield's owner asked his friend if they had had any cats when he was growing up.

"Yes," he said. "There was Cat, Cat, Cat, Cat, Cat, and ...uh... Cat."

"Why name something that doesn't come when you call it?"

Remember, the cat isn't a pack or herd animal, and it doesn't have a psychological need for your approval, as a dog does.

And you're right about the bonding. If you got a second, younger cat (after Maggie is well-settled-in), and your brother spent the time with that cat that you have spent with Maggie, that one might want to bond with him. But, if all your family has known is dogs, it might take some careful instruction from you (and us, if he asks) to make the change to a cat.

And please don't take Maggie back to the shelter, if you can avoid it all. Returned adoptions are a black mark against the cat and may well speed her through the back door into that room we shelter workers try not to think about.
post #8 of 14
We just used their names a lot - especially in combo with food. So I guess it was Jenny's suggestion to use it in association with things they love. "Lazlo, here's your dinner!" "Lazlo - treats!"

She'll learn her name, don't worry. Whether she'll respond to it is a completely different thing, however. Cats are not an animal pre-programmed to respond to their names.

We've got lots of "cat saying" signs around and about. Some are good lessons about the nature of cats and dogs.

Dogs come when called - cats take a message and get back to you.

Dogs have owners - cats have staff.

Dogs are man's best friend - cats may be our best friends, but would never stoop to admitting it. ...OR Dogs are man's best friend - a cat is a cats' best friends.

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you. If a cat jumps in your lap, it's because it is warmer.

Regarding your brother.... does your cat free feed on dry food? If that's the case... does your cat get any meals of wet food? If so, have your brother feed the cat the wet food meal(s). Cats like the people who feed them.
post #9 of 14
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We're not, at least I won't let it happen. I still love my dog more I think, but she's growing on me. I think she just comes to me more and is around me more is because they're both at school and work and I work from home, so I'm there 20 hours or more a day. And on top of that, I'm up at 3, 4, even 5am in the morning most days lol.

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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Adopting a year-old cat is a lot like adopting a 13-year-old human child. A lot of their behaviors are fixed by that time, althought they do change over time.

There was a Garfield cartoon in which John, Garfield's owner asked his friend if they had had any cats when he was growing up.

"Yes," he said. "There was Cat, Cat, Cat, Cat, Cat, and ...uh... Cat."

"Why name something that doesn't come when you call it?"

Remember, the cat isn't a pack or herd animal, and it doesn't have a psychological need for your approval, as a dog does.

And you're right about the bonding. If you got a second, younger cat (after Maggie is well-settled-in), and your brother spent the time with that cat that you have spent with Maggie, that one might want to bond with him. But, if all your family has known is dogs, it might take some careful instruction from you (and us, if he asks) to make the change to a cat.

And please don't take Maggie back to the shelter, if you can avoid it all. Returned adoptions are a black mark against the cat and may well speed her through the back door into that room we shelter workers try not to think about.
post #10 of 14
I've had my kittens for 2 months and Nacho knows his name but Logan is either ignoring us or just doesn't know his name, yet. My boyfriend and I try to use the same tone to call them to help with consistency.

However, they both love their Pounce treats and anytime one of us shakes the jar, they dash into the kitchen for the treat.
post #11 of 14
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We're not, at least I won't let it happen. I still love my dog more I think, but she's growing on me. I think she just comes to me more and is around me more is because they're both at school and work and I work from home, so I'm there 20 hours or more a day. And on top of that, I'm up at 3, 4, even 5am in the morning most days lol.
Yes, no surpise she gravitated to you!

The love of a cat and a dog are different. That's just the way it is. Neither is exclusive of the other.

But if you can learn to love a cat, that SHOULD improve you in the eyes of all women!
post #12 of 14
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Regarding your brother.... does your cat free feed on dry food? If that's the case... does your cat get any meals of wet food? If so, have your brother feed the cat the wet food meal(s). Cats like the people who feed them.
She does free feed, we just pour some dry food in the morning and leave it for her. If she runs out, we'll pour some more again later that night. So, at most 2 cups of dry food a day if she eats it all. Water is always there, that's a given lol. I wonder if wet food would be better for her though or does it matter?

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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Yes, no surpise she gravitated to you!

The love of a cat and a dog are different. That's just the way it is. Neither is exclusive of the other.

But if you can learn to love a cat, that SHOULD improve you in the eyes of all women!
Yes, she does come more to me, but not that much. I mean early mornings and late nights is when she's mostly with me. Anytime else and she's just roaming or sitting at the window watching outside or the dog.
post #13 of 14
Wet food is definetely better. Some reading on this topic http://catinfo.org
I agree, have your brother give it to her and she will soon come to him. Cats are most loving when they want something from you
post #14 of 14
Sibohan knows her name to a point she answers to her nickname. Sibby when I call her it's "Sib-Sib" or "Sppsppsppsppspp" Making the sound of the first letter of their name the most pronounced thing is helpfull.
Sibohan also comes to me snapping my fingers I trained her for this by snapping till she jumped up onto my lap and gave her a treat. Treat reward has worked for me.
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