It is common for people to change their pets’ names. But won’t it confuse the animal? An animal behaviour specialist says it probably won’t because most pets already responded to a range of different names. The way one talks to a pet is just as important as what they are named. The tone of voice, body language, gestures and facial expressions are just as important.
This article at ABCNews summarizes a recent radio program that looks at the issue, featuring Dr Kersti Seksel who explains why it’s OK to change your pets’ name. Do read the comments on the article for fun anecdotes about pets and names!
And listener Ken messaged the station to say cat owners should not worry too much about changing their pet’s names. “It just doesn’t matter what you call a cat … they absolutely ignore you anyway.”