Franny will come flying out of hiding spots if I call her name. It doesn't matter where she is, she always come running. I don't even have to call her by her real name, any of her silly nicknames will do the trick too!
Nah, Sam and Suzy have no idea what their names are. They come when you go "puss puss" (which means "kiss kiss" in Swedish, nothing else!) when there's time for food. I'm sure they think we've named them "puss"
Keeter always comes when called...she's all about the attention!
Spaz is the oddball..I never know if she's going to come or not, but I keep trying and praise her very highly when she does come! If she doesn't come, I just ignore her even if she comes over a few minutes later..then try calling again after she's left. Usually that brings her around, but it's still never consistant!
Exactly what we were told too!! Imagine my surprise after a few days of calling each of them, they would come running, food or not!
Mine all come when called, and they know their own names, AND their nicknames. I reinforce it once in a while by specifically calling each of them at odd times, then rewarding with a treat when they come.
If I use the "kitty" voice (rather high pitched, talking to a baby type of voice) combined with kissy noises and patting my thigh, and say ANYTHING (their names, my name, the name of the state I live in...) they generally come...
If I say, "Here [insert cat's name/nickname]" in a very normal voice, without any patting or kissing, or resorting to sitting on the floor or hiding behind the wall, then no.
All of our cats have answered to their names. Our Siamese mix Ka'ana though has her own terms but generally comes running. I believe its my voice rather than their names because they only answer to my husband 1/2 the time.
My cats know their names, and acknowledge I'm calling them....but, they usually snub me, lol. Now, when I make kissy noises, they come running. Or, the sound of food going into their bowl makes them tackle each other trying to get to the bowl, lol. Also, seeing me sit down usually brings a couple of them.