Scientist: Cats think their owner is an overgrown oaf of a cat

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 14, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

NEW YORK — Anyone who’s ever owned a cat has probably wondered
if their pet thinks of them as another cat.

It turns out they do, albeit a clumsy,
overgrown oaf of a cat, according to a British biologist, reports CBS Connecticut.

Dr. John Bradshaw has studied felines for
30 years and has just released a book titled Cat Sense in which he traces the evolution of the
cat/human relationship.

He notes that cats were never bred for
companionship they way that dogs were.

Cats sort of adopted us and got used to
hunting the rats and vermin that fed on the discarded food of early humans.

Bradshaw says cats live in a partly feral
state and are not quite domesticated.

But just what is that builds those powerful
bonds between cat owners and their furry friends?

It turns out cats treat humans as though
they were the mama cat.

When a cat rubs against you with its tail
straight in the air, it is checking to make sure you are not hostile.

Purring is associated with feeding as
kittens and if a cat “kneads” you, that’s how it used to get milk from its
mother.

Bradshaw says one sign cats are still
mostly wild is that they will go out to breed with feral cats.

But he worries about the future of felines. CNET reports Bradshaw says ”cats now face possibly
more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries.”

So remember next time your cat jumps on
those clothes you just took out of the drier, he thinks you put it there for
him.

Article source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientist-cats-think-their-owners-are-clumsy-overgrown-oaf-of-a-cat/

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