Cat Who Responds to ‘Demonic’ Call Has Internet in Stitches

A cat that responds to a rather particular call has delighted the internet after gaining viral attention on the video-sharing app TikTok.

First shared on March 26, the video now has over 490,000 views and thousands of likes. Posted by user jonotendler, Jono shows how his cat responds to his one-of-a-kind demonic call.

In the video, he explains: “So this cat is so trained to come to me when I call him in the demonic growl that even when he’s on my daughter’s lap, he’ll do it.” He then calls out in his distinctive sound before the cat jumps straight over to greet him.

Certified pet behaviorist at Crista Coppola Ph.D. told Newsweek: “Cats’ hearing is an advanced sense—they can hear better than both dogs and humans. They can also hear a greater range of sound and pitches at both high frequencies and lower frequencies. Humans can not hear sounds at this higher pitch. Their superior hearing sense is facilitated by the erect ears that help funnel sound and ear tufts that help capture sound. Cats can also rotate their ears independently to help locate a sound’s origin.”

Alongside superior hearing skills, a 2019 study by researchers at the University of Tokyo found that cats really do understand their owner’s voices—at least to an extent.

The study compared cats living in houses and in cat cafés to assess the potential effect of postnatal experience. Cats were presented with the face of either their owner or a stranger on a monitor after playing back the voice of a person calling the cat’s name. Researchers found that cats can learn to understand their names and come when called, but noted that speaking to cats is more about the action associated with the sound than the sound itself.

TikTok users were left in stitches at the cat’s reaction to the noise. One commenter wrote: “This cat speaks anger,” while another said: “Even you looked shocked at how fast he came over.”

In a later comment, the poster Jono wrote: “I started doing it when he was a kitten. I immediately pet him after every time, so eventually, he would run to get ‘pets’ when he heard the ‘voice’.”

Other TikTok users noted that the noise had even summoned their own pets. One commenter said: “Ok but why did my cat come to the phone when you did that,” while another wrote: “Dude my dog just hopped up and come to my phone… what sorcery is this?”

Newsweek has reached out to jonotendler for comment.

A picture of a cat on top of a sofa growling. One cat’s reaction to his owner’s unusual “demonic” call has wowed the internet.
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