Do Cats Know Their Names?
Cats know “names” not in the way humans do for self identification. Studies have shown that domestic cats do respond when their names were called, with their ears twitching and some turning to face the source of the call. This observation was found to be consistent, even if another person calls out to it. The same study, when conducted in an environment with many other domestic cats in a shared living environment, seemed to produce a similar result.
So, do cats know their names as a label? Not really. Research seems to suggest that cats would associate the calling of their name to a reward system where there may be food, treats or even playtime. It learns by associating the sound; the tones and cadence to a possible event.