Cats have first-rate memories. Still, associations with people, individual differences in intelligence and age may have an effect on memory. Cats acclimatize to the environment that they are in easily because they can recollect what they have learned in the past and adjust these memories to the current situation to protect themselves all through their lives..
For kittens, play is more than basic enjoyment and pleasure in the feline world. These things rank prey-capturing skills and social order and perfect the cat for survival. Additionally, they are exercising their bodies and minds for their adult roles in society. Previous to when they were domesticated, kittens learned survival skills such as where to find food from watching their mothers. The first two to seven weeks are a significant time for kittens. This is they time they bond with other cats. Devoid of any human contact during this time, the cat would always mistrust humans, according to many experts
Just as in human beings, progressing age may affect memory in cats. Some cats may experience a weakening of both memory and learning ability that affects them unfavorably in ways similar to those occurring in feebly aging humans. A slowing of function is normal, and this embraces memory. Aging may shape memory by changing the way their brain stores information and by making it harder to bring to mind stored information. Cats lose brain cells as they age, just like humans do. The older the feline, the more these changes can affect his/her memory. However, research shows that adult cats have a memory span of 16 hours as compared to only 5 hours in adult dogs particularly when it profits the cat directly.
Disease may also affect cat memory. There is a syndrome known as Feline Cognitive Dysfunction that is comparable to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The symptoms include reduced social interaction, confusion, sleep disturbances, and loss of house training. This syndrome causes degenerative changes in the brain that are the foundation of the functional impairment.
In experimental situations, the memory of a cat was confirmed as having an information-retention or recall, of a duration totaling as much as 10 years