Cats are notoriously hard to read. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your cat doesn’t really care about you, it may be true.
Researchers have found that cats can tell the difference between their owner's voice and that of a stranger, but they tend to not care enough to respond. So if you're looking for some love from your cat, be prepared for him or her to act like they don't hear you at all.
Cats, unlike dogs, have not been domesticated to obey humans’ orders. Rather they seem to take the initiative in human-cat interactions and react only 10% of the time when people call their name.
The study was published in July of 2013. For this research project 20 domesticated cats were observed at home for 8 months and researchers monitored how pets recognize and respond to human voices that call out their names (50-70% turned head; 30% moved ears). When the cat hears a sound (human voice calling) 50–70 percent responded with typical reactions like meowing or moving tail—10 % responded either by meowing or moving tail too!
These response rates were about the same whether the cat was being called by strangers or by an owner, but cats reacted more intensely to their owners. So while it may seem like cats are aloof, they may have a special relationship with those that live with them.
The study contends that cats have evolved to behave like kittens around their owners, and humans treat them the same way they treat babies. Previous studies show that recognition of an owner might be important for a cat to form a strong relationship with them. And while it's not yet been determined what exactly causes this attachment, one hypothesis is "tough" love from the owner towards the pet - which may seem counterintuitive at first glance but makes sense if you think about it!