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Cats 'exploit' humans by purring
BBC News ^ | July 13, 2009 | Victoria Gill

Posted on 07/16/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT by dragonblustar

Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food. Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a "cry", with a similar frequency to a human baby's.

The team said cats have "tapped into" a human bias - producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cats; humans; kitties; science
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1 posted on 07/16/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: dragonblustar

And Obamma uses a cheesy smile and ‘hopey changey’ slogans.


2 posted on 07/16/2009 1:56:29 PM PDT by Made In The USA (BO stinks.)
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To: dragonblustar

I’m being exploited by everyone!


3 posted on 07/16/2009 1:56:38 PM PDT by mudblood
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To: dragonblustar

Kill all kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 07/16/2009 1:56:58 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: dragonblustar

Personally, I don’t think kitties sound like democrats at all...


5 posted on 07/16/2009 1:57:49 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: dragonblustar

As Rush states so brilliantly, “Dogs have Masters. Cats have staff.” Apparently, they’ve adopted a particularly feline approach to get their staff to heel.


6 posted on 07/16/2009 1:57:51 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: mudblood
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7 posted on 07/16/2009 1:59:22 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: dragonblustar

A cry? Hell, dogs have been doing that forever.


8 posted on 07/16/2009 1:59:25 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: OldDeckHand

The cats on my desk say that this is story is a lie...

..and now I feel the need to go feed them.


9 posted on 07/16/2009 2:00:15 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority!)
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To: dragonblustar

Strippers do the exact same thing.

Where’s my wallet?


10 posted on 07/16/2009 2:00:25 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: dragonblustar
I remember reading something about this quite a while ago - that the adult cat's "meow" is not a sound they use to communicate with other cats. It's meant to appeal to people, apparently - and it sounds as close to a baby's cry as they can make it. This might explain why cats tend to be more popular with women than men (I like them because they're not nearly as demanding to keep as dogs).

Fascinating example of adaptation - the noises kittens use to call to their mothers apparently are carried on into adulthood because they still serve a purpose - to make us feed them or pet them. Probably not seen in any member of the cat family except for domestic cats.
11 posted on 07/16/2009 2:02:10 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: dragonblustar

Some “researchers” have too much free time. I didn’t see them mention that cats also purr when in pain as it helps them heal.


12 posted on 07/16/2009 2:02:41 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I’ve heard my cat meow a few times and it’s remarkably similar to a baby’s cry.


13 posted on 07/16/2009 2:04:55 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I wonder if they’ve used government funding for their research?


14 posted on 07/16/2009 2:06:10 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: dragonblustar

My daughter is currently being exploited by a pair of Russian Blues. I have tried to rescue her from this dire situation by offering to relocate the abusers to my house, but she apparently has Stockholm Syndrome and refuses to allow that.


15 posted on 07/16/2009 2:08:46 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: dragonblustar

My cat does the Jedi mind trick.


16 posted on 07/16/2009 2:12:48 PM PDT by Overtaxed (Later that night, 1789...)
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To: dragonblustar


I know all about that stuff...
I been exploited all my life.

17 posted on 07/16/2009 2:16:39 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: dragonblustar

Probably. Although a university biology dept could also have a grant from alumnus.


18 posted on 07/16/2009 2:20:33 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: dragonblustar

Sometimes when my cat meows....it sounds like she’s saying “Meowlk” (milk) She’s begging for milk.


19 posted on 07/16/2009 2:25:25 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (War is when the government tells u who the bad guy is. Revolution is when u decide that for yourself)
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20 posted on 07/16/2009 2:29:27 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (War is when the government tells u who the bad guy is. Revolution is when u decide that for yourself)
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To: dragonblustar

Actually I think they exploit humans by doing stuff like this.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s13dLaTIHSg&feature=channel


21 posted on 07/16/2009 2:29:35 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Lucky9teen

Milk is probably one of the worst things you can give your cat. Most cats are lactose intolerant so it gives them a heck of a stomach ache, along with GI problems and the runs. Why do they still drink it you may ask? They can’t make the connection between the milk and why they get sick, of course.


22 posted on 07/16/2009 2:34:39 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Bullish

Hmmm...in all the 18 years of her life, she’s never gotten sick from drinking it.


23 posted on 07/16/2009 2:38:26 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (War is when the government tells u who the bad guy is. Revolution is when u decide that for yourself)
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To: EmilyGeiger

lol.... now that’s funny


24 posted on 07/16/2009 2:40:42 PM PDT by housemouse 1
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To: Lucky9teen; Bullish

This is why I avoided giving milk to my cats when I had two. The times when one would drink a few drinks of my cereal milk, they’d get sick later.

I was told they are intolerant, so I avoided it. I’m pretty sure they are too. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some aren’t. Maybe some even gain a tolerance for it if they are given enough. But the runs and vomiting wasn’t worth it to me to try and make them tolerant.

Especially since they don’t need it anyway.


25 posted on 07/16/2009 2:51:40 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Our tortoiseshell had two purrs - one soft, low, and steady, showing general contentment.

The other was loud, like someone snoring or waking out of a snore. It usually came on as she began `nabbing’ at our bare toes. Sometimes to be fed, or more often it was “I feel like teasing someone right now”.

She was proof that cats have a sense of humor.


26 posted on 07/16/2009 3:01:44 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: dragonblustar

Cats are evil!

That’s why we have two....to remind us of evil.


27 posted on 07/16/2009 3:06:27 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: dragonblustar

Anyone’s who’s ever owned a cat could have told you the exact same thing, probably charging you a lot less in the process.


28 posted on 07/16/2009 5:49:58 PM PDT by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: Lucky9teen; Forty_Seven
Here is just one of the many articles you can find on-line about giving cats milk. ************************************************************** In the movies, cats love a bowl of cold milk. In the real world, giving a cat milk can do more harm than good.

While milk might seem like a natural choice for your cat, the truth is that cow’s milk offers no nutritional value for cats, and it can cause digestive problems in many. The reason is that most cats develop intolerance to lactose shortly after they are weaned. This means that they are unable to digest the sugars that occur naturally in milk. This causes problems that include diarrhea and other unpleasant digestive problems.

Some people think that cats need to have milk in order to get all the necessary nutrients. This is not true. In fact, cow’s milk does nothing to meet a cat’s nutritional needs. If a cat was fed only milk, it would not be able to survive. Feral cats provide proof that cats do not need milk to be healthy, as wild cats do not usually have the opportunity to drink cow’s milk.

As long as your cat is eating a high quality food, and has access to clean fresh water, she is getting all that she needs. Milk alone is not a sufficient diet for any cat, and should never be given in place of food OR in place of water. Replacing a cat’s food or water with milk can cause your cat to become malnourished.

Many cats do seem to enjoy milk, and this causes a dilemma for many cat owners who love to give their cat treats that they enjoy. While most cats are lactose intolerant, some are not. For these cats, milk as an occasional treat is fine. The only way to know how your cat will react to milk is to feed her some. If she does not develop diarrhea then it is safe to assume that she is not lactose intolerant, and you can continue to give her the treat she loves. Again, milk should never be given in place of food, but as a treat.

If your cat IS lactose intolerant, but still seems to crave a bowl of milk now and then, there is a way to satisfy her without upsetting her digestive system. Milk substitute that is specially formulated for cats is sold in most pet food stores. Like regular milk, it should only be given as a treat and not as a replacement for meals. Even if you feed this "cats milk" on a regular basis, a high quality cat food and fresh water should always be available. Another option for lactose intolerant cats is to give lactose-free milk. This milk is available in the same aisle as regular milk in most grocery stores.

29 posted on 07/16/2009 6:42:06 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: FourtySeven

Please read reply #29


30 posted on 07/16/2009 6:44:30 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: FourtySeven; Lucky9teen

Oh, and by the way, may cat is 24 years old, she is still in very good shape and is still trying to eat me out of house and home.

She doesn’t get any milk.


31 posted on 07/16/2009 6:49:31 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: dragonblustar

Well there’s an Oh duh moment. Where is Captain Obvious?


32 posted on 07/16/2009 6:51:51 PM PDT by Danae (I AM JIM THOMPSON - Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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33 posted on 07/16/2009 9:51:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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Hmmmmm...a “soliciting purr”....sounds kind of....never mind.


34 posted on 07/16/2009 10:23:00 PM PDT by azishot (Please join the NRA.)
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To: Bullish

I believe that cats can also tolerate goats’ milk. Goats’ milk is sometimes called the “Type O” of milks, since a lot of different kinds of orphaned animals can be raised on it.


35 posted on 07/16/2009 10:32:46 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: dragonblustar

Yeah, I’m exploited and manipulated by all three of my cats. I fall for it every time, too, since they’re too cute.


36 posted on 07/16/2009 10:34:08 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Bullish; FourtySeven

I don’t think it’s anywhere near “most” cats that are lactose intolerant. The majority of cats I’ve had liked milk and had no digestive upset from it. One finished the milk from a human’s cereal bowl *every* morning for years (and sometimes got lucky when more than one human had cereal with milk for breakfast).


37 posted on 07/16/2009 10:34:47 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker (Vote for a short Freepathon! Donate now if you possibly can!)
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To: dragonblustar

My cat doesn’t purr for his dinner or a cuddle. He definately yells and loudly.


38 posted on 07/16/2009 11:20:54 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Bullish

I just lost my almost 19 year old in May.


39 posted on 07/16/2009 11:21:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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I don’t think it’s anywhere near “most” cats that are lactose intolerant.

Please read post 29

There are many articles about the subject if you want to research a little. Just google "should cats drink milk" or anything along those lines and you can find out from the experts.

40 posted on 07/16/2009 11:52:03 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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I just lost my almost 19 year old in May.

I'm sorry. It's sad to lose any pet, especially one who was with you so long.

My cat adopted me. It wasn't my cat but it decided it wanted to spend all it's time with me, the original owner gave up on it and decided to leave it with me.

I fear for the day I lose her because she really has been my best and most devoted friend over the years.

41 posted on 07/16/2009 11:59:02 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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Thank you. I know and cats do choose you.


42 posted on 07/17/2009 12:19:33 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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“I just lost my almost 19 year old in May.”

You have my sympathy. I lost my 19 year old about 2 years ago, but it seems like yesterday to me. When you’ve had a cat that long, you grow very attached to them. I have an approx. 9 year old all black cat, and I wish I could figure out a way to stop time so she wouldn’t grow older (same for me, now that I think of it, lol...).


43 posted on 07/17/2009 12:25:05 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Obama, a Fascist more than a Socialist, although he's both.)
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To: freekitty

Bless you. I know how you feel.
Been there.


44 posted on 07/17/2009 12:30:41 AM PDT by patriot08
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To: freekitty

Free Kitty, I am so sorry you lost your precious baby. I hope you will find time to watch this inspiring video clip all the way through:

http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html


45 posted on 07/17/2009 12:36:28 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: Bullish

Wow, 24 is really getting up there. How are her kidneys? It’s pretty rare for a cat that age not to have at least somewhat impaired kidney function. If she has even slightly above normal kidney values, I’d strongly suggest you join the Feline-CRF-Support Yahoo Group. There is major, major expertise there that will definitely increase the quality and length of any renal-impaired kitty’s life.


46 posted on 07/17/2009 1:11:26 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker (Vote for a short Freepathon! Donate now if you possibly can!)
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To: Bullish

Whiskas makes a product called Catmilk.
It comes in boxes that are similar to juice boxes.
Petsmart carries it, and sometimes Walmart.
It’s very good for kittens, and adult cats, too.


47 posted on 07/17/2009 1:47:58 AM PDT by siamesecats
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To: GovernmentShrinker
My cat, even though she's 24 seems very healthy. She eats good, (that's an understatement because she eats like a pig), She's not too overweight which seems to be a big problem to the mortality of older cats, and she still gets around fine, but of course she's slowed down a bit.

She saw the vet a year ago and they said everything was fine except a bit of teeth cleaning. They said nothing about kidneys, so I guess she's ok on that for now.

I had never heard about failing kidneys in old cats but I guess that makes alot of sense. I'll look into that support group, thanks for the info. My oldest, bestest friend is way worth it.

I think the best thing you can do for your cat OR your dog is feed them a proper diet. No table scraps is the number one rule for keeping pets healthy. It's the biggest mistake that pet owners make is to give them people food, it makes them sick right away and will kill them early in the long run. People food is way too rich for them and can really mess with their GI tract, and probably weaken their kidneys (I'm just speculating on that because you mentioned it).

Anyway, good food, fresh water, daily brushing (hairball prevention), and tons of love and attention along with 13 lives worth of luck will give a cat a good long lifetime.

48 posted on 07/17/2009 1:49:30 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: siamesecats

I do know about lactose free milk for cats. But once a cat is weaned, it really has no need for milk other then a treat once in a while.


49 posted on 07/17/2009 2:02:08 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Bullish
Another option for lactose intolerant cats is to give lactose-free milk. This milk is available in the same aisle as regular milk in most grocery stores.

I'm also lactose intolerant, and when I want some milk, I'll buy some. It is more expensive, but one really great thing about it is that it will last FAR longer in the refrigerator than "regular" milk, even skim milk. It's the lactose (milk sugar) that feeds the bacteria that causes milk to turn sour. I've had a opened container of Lactaid milk in my fridge for 3 weeks, and it's still good.

Of course, I prefer to get all the nutritional value of milk by eating the cow, preferably medium rare.

Mark

50 posted on 07/17/2009 3:15:20 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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