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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds

"If you've ever wondered who's in control, you or your cat, a new study points to the obvious. It's your cat."

"Household cats exercise this control with a certain type of urgent-sounding, high-pitched meow, according to the findings."

"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 embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response,' said Karen McComb of the University of Sussex. 'Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom.'"


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At Wed Jul 22, 02:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kitten Kong -

At Wed Jul 22, 03:59:00 PM, Blogger Tengrain said...

This explains my last cat's fascination for the remote!



At Thu Jul 23, 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I can live with the lack of control since they rarely make a peep.

At Thu Jul 23, 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

"solicitation purring" = kitty porn

At Thu Jul 23, 05:01:00 PM, Blogger GETkristiLOVE said...

So many innuendos, so little time.

At Fri Jul 24, 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Jang-chub Ozer:

Tengrain: If you have both a cat and a television, then you have two different entities trying to control you mind! (At least the kitty will leave his excrement in the litter box instead of interrupting your program with it.)

Randal Graves: Ack! But don't forget that they also have hypno-whiskers!

Jess Wundrun: Which might explain their fascination with the pizza delivery guy...

GETkristiLOVE: Remember what Groucho Marx siad, "love flies out the door when money comes innuendo!" (In your window)

At Sat Jul 25, 06:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it`s great to see anybody get so excited over a diet product! They ought to use him their ads.

At Sun Jul 26, 01:16:00 AM, Blogger BAC said...

Sam the cat is trying to take control, but the dogs and I keep fighting back. Bart has discovered if he gives Sam a big kiss the cat folds like a cheap suit!


At Tue Jul 28, 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Hee hee! I like that. :o)


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