Why Some People Love Cats, According To Science

Just like dogs, cats have been around all throughout human history.  Pre-historic big cats have made food out people and through thousands of years, people began to learn to make certain species of cats domesticated. Some civilisations have also made cat “gods”, specifically the Egyptians. And up to the present day, cats have been part of human lives, be it in controlling pestilence brought by rats or just plain ignoring you whenever you’re home.

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Cat haters have left their mark across literature, poetry and art for centuries. And there will always be someone in a group of people who’s going to say that cats are the primadonnas of the animal kingdom, that cats are aloof and manipulative little animal devils.

Let’s get a few things straight about our furry friends.

Cats Are Not Needy

Now science has countered the claims of many cat haters. Cat haters want many people to believe that these felines don’t really care about their owners. According to a series of studies by Daniel Mills of the University of London, it shows that cat’s don’t look to their human owners for guidance in unfamiliar places or situations.

Abandon your cat in a place that it’s never seen before and you will find they are quite independent. They will explore the space on their own terms. Dogs become more disturbed when you leave in such a place, also when their owners leave. Cats seem uninterested whenever their owners go and return.

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Also, Japanese researchers found out that it’s a fact that cats can hear you calling their name but they just don’t really care. Cats reacted differently whenever they hear their owners called their name as though they are not really interested in seeing their owners.

Cats Show Affection

Some research states that when cats purr or rub up against the leg of their owners or another person, it easy to think that it’s a sign of affection. But some researchers interpret this as an attempt to spread their scent. Observed feral cats show that they generally rub up against trees and other objects the same way and allows them to deposit pheromone-containing secretions that come out of their skin. So it’s just like dogs peeing on bushes, plants trunks and fire hydrants when marking their territory.

Bradshaw argues that the notion is off the hook. He said that cat raises their tail and rubs its side to another cat or its owners is a social action. A raised tail shows good intent. For example, when two cats know each other, they will rub their bodies on one another and then purr, this is also the same with their owners.

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Cats Will Not Harm a Local Ecosystem

Some people believe that domestic cats are invasive species and whenever they’re let outside, cats turn into carnivorous hunters and have devastating effects on small mammal populations and wild birds, even if these cats are well fed and are taken care of.

As long as cats are not born feral, people don’t need to worry. In the wild, mother cats teach their kittens to hunt in the first 8 weeks. House cats that are bred or born at home miss this crucial step. Unless a person trains their cats to hunt before the end of their second month, it may be not fitted to kill live prey. Yes, the cat’s hunter instinct will kick in from time to time, but by itself, you don’t need to worry.

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Cats Makes Humans Crazy

What comes to mind is the “Cat Lady” and there’s truth to it because there’s a brain-controlling parasite found in cat poop.

The parasite is called Toxoplasma gondii. When it enters the brains of small prey like mice, it changes their behaviour and makes them less afraid of their predators. When these preys are killed by your cat, some of those parasites can go to your cat’s litter box and from there, it can jump to the owner’s body.

According to research by Kathleen McCauliffe, subjects that were tested positive for T.gondii and appear to cause many changes in personality of the male and female humans. Men infected with the parasite are more suspicious, introverted and are unconcerned about other people’s opinion of them.

Women infected with the parasite is quite the opposite. They are more outgoing. More image-conscious, trusting and rule-abiding as compared to infected males.

Experts and other researchers believe that infected people may not be heavily affected by the bug although, the parasite can turn dangerous when patients have weak or damaged immune systems.

Anyway, because of evolution, humans are adapted to like and adore small, cute and round faces. Humans are wired to like baby-like things.



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