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Feline Memories Found to be Fleeting

August 23, 2007
I love this cat’s expression! Good article, too.
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Nude Dude, a hairless Sphynx cat . (Reuters)
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A new study has measured just low long cats can remember certain kinds of information—10 minutes.

The research was designed primarily to compare cats’ working memory of their recent movements with their visual memories, and found that cats remember better with their bodies than their eyes when they have encountered an object placed in their path by say, an annoying owner or experimenter.

When a cat steps over a stray toy or shoe left on the floor on the way to its food dish, it has to coordinate the stepping action of its front legs with its hind legs.

“Animals, including humans, unconsciously keep track of the location of objects relative to the body as they move, and this tracking is largely dependent on signals associated with movement of the body,” said researcher Keir Pearson of the University of Alberta in Canada.

Though researchers were aware of this association, they wondered exactly how kitty remembers to bring her hind legs up after her front legs have cleared an obstacle.

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