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A study of a cat’s memory

I don't forget
I don't forget
Karla Kirby

A recent study compared cats' working memory of their fresh movements connected to their visual memories, and found out that cats remember better something they've contacted with their bodies than what they've observed with their eyes at a distance.

When a feline steps over a toy or shoe located on the floor on his/her journey to wherever kitty want to go, he/she must coordinate the movement of the front legs with the hind legs. Cats, including humans, without thinking keep track of the location of items relative to the body as they move, and this tracking is for the most part dependent on signals associated with movement of the body

Scientists knew about this association, still, they could not say clearly how felines remember to bring their hind legs up after their front legs have detected an obstruction. Their memory skills and the recalling ability of just having stepped over a hurdle has been looked into with great detail...

Cats were stopped after their front legs had sensed an obstruction, yet before their hind legs stepped over it. At that moment, the felines were distracted with treats and the blockage was removed to evaluate how the cats responded.

The felines remembered having stepped over the obstruction for a minimum of ten minutes, raising their hind legs up to evade the object, even when it was no longer there. .
To make an assessment with the cats' visual memory, the test was repeated, only this time stopping the cats right before stepping over with their hind limbs. It appeared that the felines were not as good at remembering what they had seen but not experienced: when the obstruction was removed, the felines forgot it had been there and continued their journey.

The same type of memory could be also vital for humans' ability to plot a course in the dark or even remember where they parked their vehicles. Felines teach valuable lessons, observe them daily.