Recently a study was published that confirmed what we all already thought: Cats do in fact, recognize their names. Whether or not they actually acknowledge you when you call, that’s a different story. During the research, they confirmed the cat’s recognition of their name by turning their heads or moving their ears. Sometimes, they would move their feet but that was rare. They found that cats could decipher their name from other words or names, even when it was an unfamiliar voice calling them.