Cats can recognize and remember individual humans they're bonded with after long absences, studies show.
Cats rely heavily on scent to identify people. Unique human smells stored in cat's long-term memory.
Vocal cues also help cats recognize familiar humans. They remember specific voices.
While not as adept as dogs, cats can recognize human faces, especially owners they see daily.
Cats remember specific routines with owners, which helps them identify familiar people.
Cats remember human personality traits and behaviors of their family members.
Early positive handling of kittens during socialization period lays groundwork for good memories.