According to some sites I've visited, cats respond more quickly to names that end in the "eeee" sound, like "Monkey" or "Josie." I'm not sure if that's true or not; I only know a few cats whose names end that way, and I don't really notice a difference between their response to hearing their names, and the response of say, my cats (whose names are Spike and Oz). I do know that most experts suggest you call your cat one thing and stick to it
. Not that I do that
either ... My cats have a tonne of nicknames.
Spike does come when he's called, but he's definitely responding to the tone, and not to his name (because, as I've said, he has a lot of nicknames ... he'd come if you yelled "pill time!"). Oz, on the other hand, is more likely to respond to his own name, but only if he's in the mood. He'll always look
at you when you say his name (and ignore other names or words), but he won't necessarily make an effort to get up and come over to you. He's laaaaazy.
My parents' cat, PJ, won't come when she's called, but if my younger sister sits down at the piano and plays a certain sequence of notes, she'll respond to that
. And it's funny, because she never gets treats or pets or anything when she responds to the music; it seems like she just likes sitting with my sister when she plays the piano. A feline music afficionado