Image: Our cat Sid Vicious laughing at new study

Image: Our cat Sid Vicious laughing at new study

Cat lovers/owners what you are about to read is disturbing. For  years we thought our cat’s purr meant they were exultant, contented, they loved us. Well not so much if you believe a new study in “Tuesday’s edition of the journal Current Biology“. According to the new study all they (our cats)  have been doing is playing us to get what they want. Go fiqure, our guys have trained us very well.

“The resulting purr is not just any purr but also contains the hint of a more high-pitched cry that, the researchers suspect, reminds cat owners on some level of a crying human baby.  Most important, the researchers found, solicitation purring was effective in conveying urgency to human listeners”.

“The researchers learned that cats produce the solicitation purr only when they’re with a human they know well.  “Remember, these cats have years to train up their owners,” McComb told U.S. News & World Report. “They learn to dramatically exaggerate this cry embedded within the purr because it proves effective in getting their owner to respond.”  So in order to conduct further testing, it was necessary to have cat owners record their pets’ vocalizations”. 

“Cats understand one thing — human manipulation — very well indeed”.

Ok sobeit two can play that game. Cat owners remember this the next time your cat(s) are sucking up to you, I know I will. I’ve been pushed around enough, did you hear that Sid?