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Will Your Cat Remember You When They're Old?

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Cats have an exceptional memory and can remember their owners for most, if not all, of their lives.
Will Your Cat Remember You When They're Old?
Last update: 21 March, 2023

The connection you make with your pet is inexplicable, but will your cat remember who you are when they get old? The mind of cats is a mystery in itself and although they aren’t normally as effusive or expressive as dogs, they do show their love for their caregivers in a very special way.

The bond that we create with our pets is a very strong one, and that’s why it’s so difficult for us when they leave our lives. Cats have twice as many neurons as dogs and this makes them more cunning and, in a certain way, doesn’t allow them to be as trusting with us. But this doesn’t imply that they don’t love you.

For a cat of any age, you will always be the center of its world, everything will revolve around you, even if it doesn’t show it.

Will your cat remember you when they get old?

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Yes, it’s very likely that your cat will remember you during its lifetime, since it has a great memory.

Cats are animals that were domesticated a relatively short time ago, compared to other species. For this reason, they identify their home very well, mainly because they always seek to have clear escape routes or places to hide, in case they are in danger.

So it isn’t surprising that they know exactly where everything is in your house – furniture, decorative objects, doors, among other things.

Something that must be emphasized in the small cats is their good memory. Several studies have shown that cats create very strong bonds with humans and recognize the different circumstances that the family is going through. However, they often show little interest or are indifferent to the existence of humans.

Yes, it’s possible your cat will remember you much of his life

Even taking into account a cat’s intelligence and memory, they aren’t infallible. Traumas, old age, diseases… all these things can affect their memory, and, although studies reveal that some of their memories disappear, it isn’t clear which ones remain.

That’s why it’s so important for you to value every moment you spend with your cat, and make sure that every moment is filled with love, fun, and rest. Treat your pet well to try to ensure that, as the years go by, all the good things you’ve done will remain in their memory and all their fears will be dispelled.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Montoya, D. Monografía: la mente del gato doméstico Felis silvestris catus. (2020). Universidad Antonio Nariño.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.