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Why do cats answer to kitty?

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That's like asking why do humans respond to their names. After hearing something directed at you for a long time you start to recognize it and answer to it. I've owned cats for years and I've learned that it's not necessarily the word "kitty" they answer to, but the tone and pitch of your voice that gets their attention. Try saying any word with the same tone of voice and see if you get the same reaction.
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