Can Cats Remember People? How long is a Cat’s memory?

Pet Care

One of the most common questions asked by cat lovers is “do cats remember people?” Let’s answer this question in this post.

Well, cats can learn important information and can also remember things. We can say this from the fact that they can be trained just like dogs. But how long does a cat’s memory last? Or how long does a cat remember a person?

Do cats remember people?

Cats have excellent long-term memories. They can remember their owner and animal companions for a long time. However, they are very selective about what they want to remember. What we mean is cats recall only the things that they get benefitted from. So if you are feeding a cat, it will remember you for a long time.

Studies have shown that cats can easily differentiate between human faces. They may not be as good as remembering people like dogs, but their memories of you can last for years.

Do cats remember other cats?

Yes, they can very well remember other cats, but it’s not known for how long. Littermates are known to exchanges scents that help them recognise each other. So even if they get separated, they can identify them by the smell. They imply this same trick throughout their lives.

A cat’s memory of his cat companion depends on the kind of relationship they share. If the two cats are very close, they can remember each other for a lifetime.

Do cats experience memory loss when they get old?

Just like us humans even a cat’s memory gets weak with age. That’s because senior cats lose brain cells with their increasing age. This is why it is crucial to feed your cat with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. This can help slow down the deterioration of the brain.

Cats between the age group of 16-20 are most likely to suffer from feline cognitive dysfunction.

In short, cats can remember people for a long time, especially if they share a strong bond with the person. So even if you are away from your furry friend, don’t worry, they can recognise you, once you get home.