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Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds
Yahoo ^ | 7/13/2009 | Staff

Posted on 07/13/2009 2:07:09 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cats; control; humans; kittens; kitties
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1 posted on 07/13/2009 2:07:09 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

I thought this was a joke about marriage.


2 posted on 07/13/2009 2:08:02 PM PDT by exist
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To: Red in Blue PA
How does sitting on the sleeping owner staff's head fit into the master control plan?
3 posted on 07/13/2009 2:09:18 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds

They needed a study for this?

4 posted on 07/13/2009 2:10:24 PM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
You want to try "difficult to ignore", try a Siamese cat.

They need not resort to such petty stratagems as "mixed meows". They get what they want, or they scream the house down.

5 posted on 07/13/2009 2:11:24 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: KarlInOhio

Obviously if you were sleeping you weren’t hearing the cry/call for food. Sitting in your head is the feline equivalent of a repeated poke in the arm.


6 posted on 07/13/2009 2:11:33 PM PDT by theknuckler_33
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To: Red in Blue PA

Dogs think they’re human.
Cats think they’re gods.


7 posted on 07/13/2009 2:12:38 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I think there are some cats somewhere forcing their owners to post this story. lol


8 posted on 07/13/2009 2:12:54 PM PDT by machogirl (If Obama's handing out Pie, I like Lemon Meringue.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.


9 posted on 07/13/2009 2:13:47 PM PDT by CAD Daddy
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To: Red in Blue PA

I would agree....when we bought our home we also bought one of the neighborhood cats, a beautiful white cat who answers to the name kitty.....so for the first time in my life I bought cat food.....so as soon as she comes around or she meows till I step outside.....she gets fed.....

My husband is not a big fan of cats (allergies) but he is fond of this one.....he cannot get over how clean she keeps that white coat of hers so clean....

I also found out she gets fed by our neighbors one street over....she is very sweet and loves a good head scratch.....


10 posted on 07/13/2009 2:14:08 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: KarlInOhio

How does sitting on the sleeping owner staff’s head fit into the master control plan?

That’s how they put the parasites into their brains that
allow them control.

A sad sight, cat puppets.


11 posted on 07/13/2009 2:17:46 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Anyone who is owned by a cat knows the human does not control anything.
Cats were once worshiped as gods and they will never ever let you forget it.


12 posted on 07/13/2009 2:18:30 PM PDT by svcw (Barry: mentally deficient & narcissistic misogynist megalomaniac psychopath w/ paranoid delusions)
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To: Kimmers

a beautiful white cat who answers to the name kitty.....

Hahahah, they ALL answer to that name.
It’s the name of the parasite they put into your brain.


13 posted on 07/13/2009 2:19:21 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: KarlInOhio

ROTFLMAO


14 posted on 07/13/2009 2:19:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: steve-b

***Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds

They needed a study for this? ***

If Obama will give me a 10 million dollar research grant I will study the proposition for this year, and after the grants for next year I will give report on it.


15 posted on 07/13/2009 2:20:27 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (La commedia e' finita!. Now it's serious!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have a cat who loves this one chair in my living room. If I’m sitting in that chair and he wants it, he will walk all over me from one arm to the other repeatedly until I inally relinquish the chair to him. He doesn’t need to meow.

I had one cat who would try to bamboozle visitors into feeding her. She would just sit, bat her eyes at the visitor and put on this sad face like she hadn’t been fed in weeks. I always said that if they gave out Academy Awards to cats, she would win hands down.


16 posted on 07/13/2009 2:20:49 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: AnAmericanMother
You want to try "difficult to ignore", try a Siamese cat.

We just got a part-Siamese kitten last week (I think it's a "ragdoll"). He's already in charge of things.

17 posted on 07/13/2009 2:21:58 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: All

My cat reads the forums and forces me to post...

18 posted on 07/13/2009 2:22:17 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: MrEdd

Dogs come when they’re called.
Cats take a message.


19 posted on 07/13/2009 2:22:49 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: tet68

hehehe


20 posted on 07/13/2009 2:22:59 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: tet68

LOL.....a parasite huh?.....


21 posted on 07/13/2009 2:23:33 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have two cats. One uses an annoying meow to get what she wants. The other will meow when hungry, but he’ll also paw on the door like a dog to be let out.

Two different personalities, both fairly annoying, even though I love them. Or actually, they permit me to love them.


22 posted on 07/13/2009 2:23:38 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (God Bless Sarah Palin)
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To: All
How Cats Wake You Up
23 posted on 07/13/2009 2:27:26 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have one that bites when its feeding time. You cannot walk without your shins getting chewed off.


24 posted on 07/13/2009 2:27:49 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Kimmers

I also found out she gets fed by our neighbors one street over...<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Ha, the old alternate identity cat trick. We once had an orange cat named Andrew, one of our last cats ever allowed outdoors. We eventually discovered that when he went outside, he ambled over to a house across the street and assumed the personna of “Rusty” and received duplicate meals and lots of extra attention.


25 posted on 07/13/2009 2:28:26 PM PDT by Mjaye
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To: Cementjungle
Ragdolls aren't active or vocal.

Is she "pointed"? Is she slim? Is she active? Is she extremely vocal?

Most Siamese crosses are either black (if there's no Siamese on one side) or "pointed" (if there's Siamese on both sides), usually with tabby or tortie points.

But the voice seems to be dominant, and it's absolutely unmistakeable.

26 posted on 07/13/2009 2:29:15 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: rlmorel

ROFLMAO!!!!


27 posted on 07/13/2009 2:31:32 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (If ten percent is good enough for Jesus, it ought to be good enough for Uncle Sam. --Ray Stevens)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I love my cat(s). But I think the findings of this exhaustive research can pretty much be summed up in one word (actually, two for emphasis):

(1) "WELL,"

(2) "DUH!"

Seriously .. we are pouring WAY TOO MUCH moolah into these rat-infested, Leftist Universities (realizing that this one is in the U.K.) who do nothing but try and justify their useless, Leftist existences by blabbering: "our research shows us that 'blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!' Now .. here's the invoice for our endeavours."

28 posted on 07/13/2009 2:33:16 PM PDT by RocketMan1
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To: Red in Blue PA


Here's our cat, Hubey ... and [I think!] he made me post this ...
29 posted on 07/13/2009 2:35:39 PM PDT by mlizzy
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To: Red in Blue PA

I do not need a scientist to tell me that my cat is in charge of things. Dogs have masters cats have a staff.


30 posted on 07/13/2009 2:35:39 PM PDT by skimask (When dealing with people who value death over life, normal means of negotiation will not work)
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To: Red in Blue PA
When I say "jump"....My cat meows How high??

On another note...Nothing more amusing than the little ding bat chasing the laser light.

Then I bought a twirly thing...and rubbed catnip all over it...The cat finally "flew". I didn't touch her!!

And they do land on their feet....but not after a catnip gig!!

31 posted on 07/13/2009 2:39:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: AnAmericanMother
Is she "pointed"? Is she slim? Is she active? Is she extremely vocal?

Here's a pic:



He's pretty vocal... always squeeks when he wants a chin-rub.

32 posted on 07/13/2009 2:39:14 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Red in Blue PA

Seems like good research and it makes a lot of sense but it didn’t apply to me.

My cat was on a self feeder of dry food only, self watering only and I changed her litter once a week, she had a heated bed that was always stationed about two feet from my favorite reading spot with a second sun bed built into the alley so that people could say hi to her and pet her as they passed and she watched them, she almost never asked for anything, there wasn’t anything to goad me into.


33 posted on 07/13/2009 2:40:34 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: Red in Blue PA
If you've ever wondered who's in control, you or your cat...

I've never wondered.

The cat makes it abundantly clear who is in charge.

34 posted on 07/13/2009 2:41:19 PM PDT by Allegra ( Socks)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So they’re saying the cat wants me to smack them upside the head and spray them with water? Because that’s what happens in my house when that sound is made.


35 posted on 07/13/2009 2:42:11 PM PDT by discostu (Tommy can you hear me)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Say WHAT? Raggies can be quite insistent, just not as shrieking as a meezer. We’ve got a ragdoll mix, little cobby foofy thing, and she’s quite talky. Meows constantly when she wants attention, but it’s softer than the Siamese demand-meow.

She can’t possibly be full blooded, as she came to her previous owner via a shelter and she’s rather a small kitty compared to breed standards, but she’s got the markings and the actual ragdoll trait.


36 posted on 07/13/2009 2:43:02 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (One Big Ass Mistake America!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

My cat comes when called, just like a dog. The trick is to call it the way its mother did — a sound somewhat like a cooing pigeon.

That’s the hardest thing to teach a cat. You get that right, a cat will do most anything to keep “mommy” happy.

Oh, and you have to feed it and not make loud sudden moves.


37 posted on 07/13/2009 2:43:21 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Red in Blue PA

I have a dog.


38 posted on 07/13/2009 2:44:59 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: steve-b

They could have “paid” me to tell them this.

Studies get dumber and dumber.

How mush did this one cost?


39 posted on 07/13/2009 2:47:19 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: discostu

Do you use a water gun? A toy water gun is very useful for keeping cats in line. After a while you only need to say it, or pick it up empty, and the cat will cease and desist a bad behavior.


40 posted on 07/13/2009 2:48:03 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Red in Blue PA
Did the people doing the study also know that finger nails on a chalk board are also irritating? Maybe that will be the next “study”?
41 posted on 07/13/2009 2:48:25 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Got a full fledged spray bottle, holds more water, plus usable for other stuff. Should see the cats when it’s time for some bachelor ironing, trying to figure out what the shirt did wrong.


42 posted on 07/13/2009 2:50:47 PM PDT by discostu (Tommy can you hear me)
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To: fatnotlazy
And if you try to move them off the chair they are in so you can sit in it, they act as if you are a famously well known abuser of innocent wittle kitties. Then they go sit on the keyboard of your laptop and erase the last hour's worth of writing.

Both cats and dogs have the ability to get that look that says, "No one in this cruel, stingy household has fed me for weeks and I am starving. To death. Take pity on me please, please, please."

43 posted on 07/13/2009 2:52:35 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: melissa_in_ga
Two different personalities, both fairly annoying,

LOL!! Mine are the same way. One is loud and the other just stares at me, apparently willing me to do her bidding.

44 posted on 07/13/2009 2:52:55 PM PDT by retrokitten
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To: Cailleach; nnn0jeh

ping


45 posted on 07/13/2009 2:55:28 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

My five-year-old calico cries like a newborn kitten (weak and raspy) when she wants to snuggle with mommy (me). On the other hand, I can say, “Valentine go potty,” and she goes to the sandbox.
When the fish wants to be fed he slaps the water. I have smart animals.


46 posted on 07/13/2009 3:18:56 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: exist

I have a friend who had pet goats. So,,,, I altered the story a bit. Changed it from cats to goats. It wont format here correctly, but in an email, my mac makes my edits look perfect.

Goats Do Control Humans, Study Finds

LiveScience.com – Mon Jul 13, 12:50 pm ET
If you’ve ever wondered who’s in control, you or your goat, a new study points to the obvious. It’s your goat.

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

This grunt is actually a burp mixed with a high-pitched cry. While people usually think of goat grunting as a sign of happiness, some goats make this grunt/burp 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 burp within a grunt that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response,” said Karen McFudd of the University of Sussex. “Solicitation burping is probably more acceptable to humans than overt grunting, which is likely to get goats ejected from the bedroom.”


47 posted on 07/13/2009 3:27:46 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: rlmorel

“My cat reads the forums and forces me to post... “

So you truly are pussy whipped!


48 posted on 07/13/2009 3:27:51 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: mlizzy

Your cat looks a lot like ours. He is honestly one of the best cats I have ever lived with (I don’t say owned, cause we all know that’s a joke.)


49 posted on 07/13/2009 3:29:39 PM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
You want to try "difficult to ignore", try a Siamese cat.

My 13-year old Siamese cat has perfected a "look"...she is a bit, ah, big-boned, and will sit quietly looking a lot like a bowling pin with her ears slightly back and her eyes narrowed to slits.

It works. The other animals know to steer clear, and when I see her sitting like that at the water dish I know it is time for fresh water. I don't even look at it anymore.
50 posted on 07/13/2009 3:57:19 PM PDT by LostInBayport (Ted Kennedy: Receiving the world's best health care while legislating that everyone else never does)
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