All Things Pets

Cats Are Cool, Bro!

Canadian pet lover and author RJ Skinner says, “There are two kinds of people in this world: People who love cats, and those who think the entire feline population is plotting against them. While dogs are man’s best friend, cats often seem to be your aloof pal who sits in the corner, silently judging you. But the problem might not be them. It could be us!”

Mr. Skinner has done his research.

A recent study from Oregon State University took 50 cats and deprived them of human interaction, food, toys, and scents for two hours. At the end of that time, each were re-introduced.

Guess what? Half of the cats chose human interaction over the other three offerings. Cats DO like us!

As RJ Skinner quips, “This also proves they’re nicer than us. What human would choose to talk to someone over a slice of pizza?”

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A special bond

A University of Vienna study found the cat/human relationship closely mirrors the human/human bond. So those crazy cat ladies who don’t seem to have friends? Maybe it’s by choice.

A cat’s behavior molds to its owner’s personality, and cat owners can effectively communicate with kittens through subtle expressions.

I have a friend who is a cat whisperer. She can tell what a cat is feeling just by petting it and talking to it, then watching its facial expressions and body language. She also claims to have an actual psychic connection with them, too.

Cats can remember and respond to their owner’s acts of kindness. And they can knowingly manipulate their owner to get what they want (obviously).

A different study by the University of Minnesota foundowning a cat could reduce the risk of heart attack by 30%. They surmised that a cat’s generally calm demeanor and interactions are a great stress reliever for humans.

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Love at first sight

And although cats have a high allergy rate among humans, exposure to cats at an early age can decrease the risk of allergies not only to pets, but also to dust mites and ragweed, and generally boost the immune system.

Most surprisingly, many believe cats can be a great social interaction tool for children who have autism.

Finally, other research into the personalities of dog owners and cat owners showed dog owners tended to be more lively, outgoing, and rule-abiding. But cat owners scored higher in general intelligence! Researchers also discovered cat owners were more likely to have a university degree than dog owners — perhaps because cats require less maintenance, they are more popular with those working longer hours.

Felines are just cool and often get an undeserved bad rap. They like humans and are much easier to care for than their canine pals. They even make good pick-up companions if you need the company! Plus, women are attracted to men with cats. Those guys can be more sensitive and understand the benefits of cuddling!

So take a chance: Adopt a cuddly cat or kitten and add a new element of love to your life. Many fabulous cats await adoption through local shelters, Operation Kindness, the SPCA, and other cat-centric organizations.

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Laura Sutherland

Laura Sutherland is the owner of WAG-n-TRAIN pet services, East Dallas’s premier pet care provider. Laura is insured, and a member of the Professional United Petsitters (PUPs).

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