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Monday, July 13, 2009

Cats rule

At least when it comes to their people

While Tesla's Love tends to be a little canine centered, there is no intent to give any other pet short shrift. Especially not cats.
Everyone knows better.
And now, thanks to results of a study published in the July 14 issue of the journal Current Biology, and our friend Pam Landry, who posted a story about this study on Facebook, we know for sure cats rule.
The study, according to the story Pam posted, taken from Yahoo News, found that household cats exert control "with a certain type of urgent-sounding, high-pitched meow, according to the findings of the study.
"This meow is actually a purr mixed with a high-pitched cry. While people usually think of cat purring as a sign of happiness, some cats make this purr-cry sound when they want to be fed. The study showed that humans find these mixed calls annoying and difficult to ignore," the story said.
Sound familiar?
"Previous research has shown similarities between cat cries and human infant cries," the story goes on to say.
A lot of this purring results in the cats getting fed - can we blame them? And some veterinarians point out that cats living together without people rarely make sounds to each other, leading to the conclusion that cats might vocalize just to get us to do their bidding. And we do.
That's a good gig if you can get it - and might just beat having to constantly wag your tail.

Thanks Pam!

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