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Cats dominate their owners, reveals a study

Cats dominate their owners, reveals a study

June 30, 2024

Some researchers perform curious studies such as the one that we are going to present next, studies that may seem little credible. Sometimes, some of these investigations may seem absurd or, on the contrary, very interesting . Those who have felines as pets will surely remember what you are going to read in this article because you will feel identified. Some, even, in the next family meeting will tell a relative and add "say the scientists" to endorse your words.

In this article we echo a scientific study carried out in 2009 by the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) which states that cats dominate their owners and have developed a mechanism that does not fail: the purrs .


The key is in the purring

If you have cats, I'm sure you'll hear that situation in which the cat is placed under your legs and while you touch it, it makes use of its most powerful weapon. The sound of a purr may not sound like an alarm, but this request for attention may even deprive you of your sleep. Although this sound may be annoying late at night, when you are so calm in bed, a cat can get you to get up to fill the "bowl" of food.

In fact, this is what motivated Karen McComb to conduct the study, a behavioral ecologist and director of this research, who was usually awakened by her cat's claims. His research was published in the journal Current Biology.


The author observed that domestic cats add to their usual purr a characteristic meow that has a higher frequency . This purring that they only use when they want something, causes in the owners a paternal instinct that allows the cats to get away with theirs without bothering their master, the investigation affirms.

"This solicitation purr is probably more acceptable to humans than a meow, which is usually rejected, especially when you're in bed sleeping," McComb explains.

How the study was carried out

To understand how the vocal sound of cats is capable of manipulating their owners, McComb and his team conducted a series of experiments. First they recorded the purring of ten cats; some when they were requesting food and others when they requested nothing. Afterwards, fifty subjects listened to the sounds at the same volume.


The subjects evaluated the solicitation purrs as "requiring more urgency" to be attended. Later they reproduced the sounds, but this time without the purrs of solicitation. The subjects responded that the demands of the cats were less urgent .

Domestic cats know what they want and how to get it

The author of the study suggests that the purrs of cats have an effect similar to when a baby cries . Previous studies suggest that both sounds share the same frequency.

The same as the crying of babies. Domestic cats have become accustomed to being dependent on humans, says C.A. Tony Buffington, a professor of veterinary medicine at Ohio State University. "Every time a domestic cat finds himself in the situation he wants something, he will manipulate his caregivers to get what he wants. Be it a purr or any signal that works, for example, rubbing between the feet of its owner ".

Buffington thinks that This discovery may have a practical use, because it helps to know what cats experience . "This is something that feline pet owners will have observed, but they will not have paid attention. Now we know that this sound has a reason. "

Another study states that women develop strong bonds with their cats, compatibility and mutual attraction

An investigation carried out in 2014 by the University of Vienna and published in the magazine Behavioural Processes affirms that the relationship between cats and women has a special and characteristic bond. The results of this study suggest that cats not only interact with their owners, but understand and manipulate them .

For this study, different videos were recorded and analyzed the interactions of 41 felines with their owners (both sexes) and personality tests were carried out on both the owners and the pets to later analyze them. The results showed that young and extroverted women who live with active cats had greater synchrony and communication with their pets.

This study also stated that the cats remember the favors and return them later Therefore, they are more likely to correspond to the needs of their owners if they have previously responded to theirs.

Cats are not manipulators, and can be a form of therapy

Although cats use the purr technique to get what they want, they are not manipulators. In fact, they can be very helpful to many people. Gatoterapia is a type of treatment that has been endorsed by science because it reduces the symptoms of stress and anxiety and combats low mood. Further, can help many individuals improve their physical and mental health and their quality of life.

To know more about the therapy, we invite you to read this article by the psychologist Bertrand Regader: "Gatoterapia, discover the beneficial effects of living with a cat"

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