Skip to comments.Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds
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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LOL.....a parasite huh?.....
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.
I have one that bites when its feeding time. You cannot walk without your shins getting chewed off.
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.
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.
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."
I do not need a scientist to tell me that my cat is in charge of things. Dogs have masters cats have a staff.
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!!
Here's a pic:
He's pretty vocal... always squeeks when he wants a chin-rub.
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.
I've never wondered.
The cat makes it abundantly clear who is in charge.
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.
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.
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.
I have a dog.
They could have “paid” me to tell them this.
Studies get dumber and dumber.
How mush did this one cost?
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.