Skip to comments.Cats 'exploit' humans by purring
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 ...
And Obamma uses a cheesy smile and ‘hopey changey’ slogans.
I’m being exploited by everyone!
Kill all kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Personally, I don’t think kitties sound like democrats at all...
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.
A cry? Hell, dogs have been doing that forever.
The cats on my desk say that this is story is a lie...
..and now I feel the need to go feed them.
Strippers do the exact same thing.
Where’s my wallet?
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.
I’ve heard my cat meow a few times and it’s remarkably similar to a baby’s cry.
I wonder if they’ve used government funding for their research?
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.
My cat does the Jedi mind trick.
Probably. Although a university biology dept could also have a grant from alumnus.
Sometimes when my cat meows....it sounds like she’s saying “Meowlk” (milk) She’s begging for milk.
Actually I think they exploit humans by doing stuff like this.....
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.
Hmmm...in all the 18 years of her life, she’s never gotten sick from drinking it.
lol.... now that’s funny
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.
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.
Cats are evil!
That’s why we have two....to remind us of evil.
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.
While milk might seem like a natural choice for your cat, the truth is that cows 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, cows milk does nothing to meet a cats 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 cows 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 cats 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.
Please read reply #29
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.
Well there’s an Oh duh moment. Where is Captain Obvious?
Hmmmmm...a “soliciting purr”....sounds kind of....never mind.
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.
Yeah, I’m exploited and manipulated by all three of my cats. I fall for it every time, too, since they’re too cute.
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).
My cat doesn’t purr for his dinner or a cuddle. He definately yells and loudly.
I just lost my almost 19 year old in May.
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.
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.
Thank you. I know and cats do choose you.
“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...).
Bless you. I know how you feel.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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