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cat tracks.


new research shows that cats track their owner’s movements

Cats are special and intelligent creatures, and a new study led by Dr. Saho Takagi at the University of Kyoto in Japan confirms this.

Takagi’s research reveals cats’ ability to track their owners as they move about the house, and show signs of a genuine surprise if their owners pop up where they don’t expect them.

These findings support the idea that cats retain a mental representation of their owners, even if they’re out of sight, which is a sign of higher cognitive processes that can include planning ahead and using imagination.

There have been studies in the past that suggested that cats search in the correct places if they see food disappearing and that they expect to see their owner’s face if they first hear their voice, but how these abilities were practiced in real life still evaded researchers. “It is [also] said that cats are not as interested in their owners as dogs are, but we had doubts about this point,” Takagi explained.

To explore cats’ cognitive capacities, Takagi and his team studied what happened when 50 domestic cats were individually shut inside a room while repeatedly hearing their owner calling their name from outside the room. Then, the cats were exposed to either a stranger’s voice or that of their owner coming from a speaker that was positioned inside the room they were in.

Human observers watched recordings of the cats’ reactions during the experiment and ranked the cats’ level of surprise based on their ear and head movements. It appeared that the cats only showed confusion and surprise when their owners’ voices were suddenly coming from the speaker inside the closed room, implying to the cats that their owners had somehow managed to teleport to get inside the room with them.

“This study shows that cats can mentally map their location based on their owner’s voice,” Takagi explained. “Cats have the ability to picture the invisible in their minds. Cats may have a more profound mind than is thought.”

That said, it’s not too much of a shock that cats possess these abilities. “That awareness of movement—tracking things they cannot see—is critical to a cat’s survival,” said Roger Tabor, a biologist, author, and presenter of the TV series Cats on BBC.

“A lot of what a cat has to interpret in its territory is an awareness of where other cats are. It is also important for hunting: how could a cat catch a field vole moving around beneath the grass if it couldn’t use clues, such as the occasional rustle, to see in its mind’s eye, where they are? A cat’s owner is extremely significant in its life as a source of food and security, so where we are is very important.”


“the moment I walk into a room,

i have kind of like the terminator’s tracking system for where the food is,

and i can get there immediately.

-mike birbiglia




Source study: Plos One- Socio-spacial cognition in cats: Mentally mapping owner’s location from voice

tracking through life.


had one of those days a couple of weeks ago

dropped off my car for an expensive repair

took a walk downtown

glasses fell out somewhere

apparently in the middle of the road

where they got run over

lenses survived

backup pair still in car being repaired

went to the backup of the backup pair

not the best

really not good if i had to identify a witness while wearing them

went home and sat on my couch in time to see

yeti the cat accidentally break my favorite vase

called my optometrist

who said the company that made my frames had been sold

 they are discontinued and my lenses were custom made to fit in them

found a pair of the lenses online while squinting

 now i await their arrival

as i track them all over the country

traveling in a bit of an illogical order

 can’t wait to see where they land next

hopefully on my face.

Tracking my package so far:

From: Staten Island to Queens to Indianapolis to Detroit back to Indianapolis then back to Detroit and still not here, who knows where next?

Shipped with USPS

Tracking ID: 9402111699000087082270

Sunday, July 25
1:22 AM
Package has left the carrier facility.
Detroit Mi Distribution Center, US
Saturday, July 24
11:05 AM
Package has left the carrier facility.
Indianapolis, IN US
6:08 AM
Package arrived at a carrier facility.
Detroit Mi Distribution Center, US
Friday, July 23
10:44 PM
Package arrived at a carrier facility.
Indianapolis, IN US
7:50 AM
Package has left the carrier facility.
Queens Ny Distribution Center, US
12:09 AM
Package arrived at a carrier facility.
Queens Ny Distribution Center, US
Wednesday, July 21
1:30 PM
Package arrived at a carrier facility.
Staten Island, NY US
Tuesday, July 20
Package has shipped
“the search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn’t want to be tracked.
it takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.”
-fred astaire