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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
How can i get my kitten to learn her name? Have any good guaranteed techniques? I say her name, pet her while doing so (to "reward" since she doesn't come when i say it). I say it when im giving her food. Constantly using her name, but still nothing! My older cat responded immediatly to his name when he was a baby. Should i just give it time?
post #2 of 22
Yes.
post #3 of 22
start by trying to associate her name with feeding time............just something i read recently.......
post #4 of 22
Is her name a simple two syllable name or is it something complicated?
A short name used continually will help her learn her name in a few weeks, especailly if associated with food, fun and comfort.
post #5 of 22
I sit a kitten on my lap, stroke it and pet it, all the time saying the name slowly and softly. Then I say it again when feeding and offering treats. They all take different times to learn it, but I am sure it will happen. Make sure you don't only use the name when saying 'no'' or giving medicine, as this will give very negative connotations and the cat will not want to come if it thinks something bad will happen.
post #6 of 22
I did the food association thing with our two kittens. Both of them have 2 syllable names with no "ee" sounds in them (i.e. Merlin and Freya) but they picked up their names very quickly.

They come when called from the bottom of the garden or anywhere in the house with no problems at all - scampering into the kitchen and "assuming the position" in front of their respective bowls If my wife or I calls either of them and pats our respective laps at the same time they come too so I think the "food way" of teaching them their names works well (or for us it did at least) - good luck
post #7 of 22
my cats either dont know their names or do a dang good job of ignoring their names when I say it. If I want my cats' immediate attention, I make a clicking noise with my tongue on the roof of my mouth (something like "t,t,t,t,t,t,t,t,)" and they immediately perk up
post #8 of 22
It took Harley a long time to learn his name, but after calling him by it for awhile, and when I'd pet him, I'd say his name to him....eventually he caught on
post #9 of 22
It takes a little while for them to really get what their name is, but she'll learn. My cats don't always respond to their name. Cats are not like dogs, sometimes they just ignore you. That just means when they listen they really love you. My Levi will sometime ignore me when I call him by his name, but if I want him to come all I have to do is call him Big Boy & he comes running. Jordan does the same thing when I call him Bug-a-roo. Isaac responds well to his name. Maggie well she is after all a princess, so she resonds when the time is right for her.
post #10 of 22
She may not like her name! Most times, I would name the kittens and everytime I picked them up, used their names. They eventually responded and would at least look at you if you called their names.

I've had cats ignore me if I called them by the wrong name and when I corrected myself, they responded.

How old is your kit and how long have you had her?
post #11 of 22
My little Pearl usually doesn't notice her name if I just speak it -- but if I "sing" it, she comes running! It's just a little two-note melody, a downward minor third, I think, with an "oh" in front of it: "Oh, PEEEARRRRRR-ulllll!"

I didn't "teach" her that -- she just did it. And SHE taught ME to play ball with her, too! She brings me a little foam ball to throw for her, then runs to fetch it. A wonderful darlin', she is...

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone To answer some questions: Her name's Molly, she's 5 months, i've had her for 2 months. She was born under the bushes outside my house. I guess 2 months isn't that long, but i want her to respond already ha. Im used to my Miles (13 yrs old) being a gentleman and listening to me. Oh well. But i really don't want to change her name, it took so long to think of one believe it or not. So i'll just take everyone's advice.


^ her first day


^ maybe a month older.
Thanks again
post #13 of 22
Heck, I think it's a great name... I should know, its the one my parents gave me, but spelled it with an ie.
post #14 of 22
I think it just takes awhile. Carly was named by the shelter when we got her almost a year ago but it is only recently she has reacted to it and come to me. Lucy knows her name so well that we can get her attention just by talking about her. The expression on her face is great - like what do you want? Much will pay attention sometimes. Mostly at dinner time.
post #15 of 22
Take your time and practice *singing* her name perhaps. Toulouse rarely if ever comes when I say his full name but if I accent the "To" (because his name becomes "Too-loo") then he'll come running!!!!

What a cute baby!!
post #16 of 22
Try changing your voice when you talk to your kitty, and only use that voice for her. Saying her name often in your regular voice can work (as she will learn the sound that makes too), but I find an individualized pitch will speed the process up as it stands out more and isn’t used for anything else. For example, I used a higher pitch with Sienna. She distinguished that noise from my regular voice, and therefore associated that specific pitch with only her. I also gave her treats and pats when she came and it also took patience and time.
She did eventually learn her name when I spoke to her normally...but again that came with time and through repeatedly saying her name once she responded to the higher pitch. I will admit she is way more responsive (actually she always is) to the silly talk.
Good Luck.
post #17 of 22
I let my cat pic his name. I picked a few names that I liked and I spent a few days calling him by them. The only one he would come to was Morgan. I can call him from across the house and he will come barreling thro. It's like he can't get to me fast enough. Then he looks at me and is like you called! LOL!!! I don't think they respond so much to the name itself, but more the tone your voice makes when you say it.
post #18 of 22
Most of my cats learned their names fast but sometimes they choose not to respond. I know they hear me because if all my cats are sitting there and I call one in particular, that one will look and look away like, 'ya right you think I am getting up'

My himmie Eliott responds at his name and any variation of it. He came into the humane society I worked at and was named that immediately and seemed to learn it still at the shelter. He qwas only there less then a month.
post #19 of 22
Bear knows his name beacouse his ears perk up when someone says it. Only half the time he does'nt bother to get up .
post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbw999
my cats either dont know their names or do a dang good job of ignoring their names when I say it. If I want my cats' immediate attention, I make a clicking noise with my tongue on the roof of my mouth (something like "t,t,t,t,t,t,t,t,)" and they immediately perk up

Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! My (t,t,t,t,t,t,t) is like a whole language for my kitties.
My three littles ones have no clue what their name is (except maybe Daisy.. I think she is learning) but the click sound gets their attention immedietly.
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxjustmusicxx
Thank you everyone To answer some questions: Her name's Molly, she's 5 months, i've had her for 2 months. She was born under the bushes outside my house.
I think Molly is adorable. I love that little grey swish on her head. She's so teensy and cute. My 4 month old is a gullumpher compared to her.
post #22 of 22
What a little DOLL BABY Molly is!
She will learn her name for sure. Just give her time.
Linda
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