Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Do cats manipulate us?

According to the University of Sussex, cats have learned how to manipulate their people.

Now THERE’S a surprise!

Researchers at the university concluded that cats use a “regular purr” when they are relaxed and happy, and a “soliciting purr” when they want something, such as food or attention. The soliciting purr incorporates a cry that has a frequency similar to that of a human baby.

Dr. Janet McComb, lead author of the study, said the cry occurs at a low level during normal purring.
"But we think (they) learn to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans.

Cats have tapped into a human bias, producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore."
That certainly explains a lot!
Gotta go...Dickens wants to be fed.


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