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Why Are Cats Bad Pets

Paul Gonzalez
• Tuesday, 20 October, 2020
• 35 min read

We all know that it is only a matter of time before cats take over the world and become our evil overlords. They may seem affectionate at times with their head books, but these cunning little fluff balls know to keep their enemies close and that gaining our trust is essential to their evil mission.

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It will be all the more satisfying to them when we humans are all stunned by their blindside. They are as wild as a Tasmanian devil and as bloodthirsty as a mosquito.

Especially one who is comfortable holding awkward eye contact while doing so. This common action in which a cat expresses their hatred towards people is known as “cuddling”.

They don't even stand a chance against the Yorkie wearing devil horns. They will only tolerate the highest quality of living.

Next10 Celebs We Totally Forgot Dated Once Upon A Time Cat ownership can be a wonderful experience, but it comes with plenty of downsides that many folks fail to consider.

They may be the world's most popular pet, but our furry feline friends have plenty of downsides. Whether it's the vomited fur-balls on the carpet, the stinky litter tray, the clawed and shredded furniture, or the slaughtered neighborhood population of small birds and mammals, cats have a lot to answer for.

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I'm not saying they can't be great pets, but as with most things, their “good” comes with a bad and an “ugly.” Check out the 15 negative aspects of cat ownership below.

Aloofness Litter-Box Problems Fleas Clawed and Hairy Furniture Expensive Vet Fees Travel Difficulties Allergies Dead Birds and Mice Training Difficulties Vomit and Hairballs Disrupted Sleep Scratches Cat Hair Letting Them in and Out Weirdness Yes, they can sometimes be affectionate, but it's always on their own terms, and they mainly see you as a servant.

A dog, on the other hand, is almost always pleased to see you and may even look up to you. While cats may have dogs beat in terms of coolness and style, their loyalty levels don't compare.

If you're looking for a guaranteed companion animal that will cherish your presence through thick and thin, a cat might be a risky bet. The worst part is that most cats do their business inside your home, hence the need for a litter box.

In my opinion, changing the litter box is one of the most stomach-turning chores ever. While picking up after a dog on a walk isn't ideal, I'd take it over litter-box duty any day.

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That means treating both your pet and your house for fleas and their eggs. All a cat needs to contract fleas is contact with another animal.

This is a major problem that many cat parents have to deal with more than once over the course of their pets lives. Your expensive couch is just a scratching post to them, and it will end up in tatters.

When your cat isn't abusing your furniture, you can bet they're at least shedding all over it. Get ready for cat hair to become a constant and pervasive nuisance in your home.

Lint rollers aren't so cheap when you have to buy a new one every week! Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god.

Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods. Veterinary bills can cost you a small fortune if your feline falls ill.

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If nothing is particularly wrong with your cat, expect the cost of your annual vet care to hover somewhere between $90 and $200. As soon as an unanticipated medical issue pops up, however, don't be surprised if you see that number more than triple in a single visit.

If you don't have plenty of extra income after necessities like food, rent, and transportation are covered, adding a cat to your household could be a risky move financially. Consider both upfront and future costs when adopting an animal.

They are fine on their own for a weekend, but spend any more time away from home, and you will need to pay for a cat sitter. If you do elect to take your feline friend with you on a trip of some kind, anticipate complications.

In the United States, up to 30 percent of the population experiences allergic reactions to cats. They may or may not affect you, but they can be a real issue if you want to invite friends or relatives over to your home.

Populations of birds, small mammals, and other local wildlife can be decimated by the presence of cats. One study estimated that cats are responsible for the deaths of billions of mice, birds, and other small animals in the United States each year.

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Unlike dogs, felines will not obey orders or even bother to acknowledge them most of the time. Some cats are more vocal than others, but you can expect to hear from them periodically any time they desire something you can provide (e.g. food, going out, coming in).

Watching and hearing a cat dislodge a hairball is a frighteningly odd experience. From the wrenching sounds to the expulsion of the hairball, it is like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Just because cats spend most of their days asleep doesn't mean you can count on them to be considerate of your sleep schedule. Cats sleep most of the day, but they hate the idea of their owner getting any rest.

Unlike humans, however, they remain alert during their resting periods and are fully operational almost instantaneously if awoken. Other times, they may suddenly get annoyed because you are stroking their belly wrong or something surprises them.

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer. Before you know it, there will be hair on your clothes, furniture, floor, and just about every other surface.

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That going outside and coming back inside thing gets old fast. They whine at you like they are desperate to be let out.

If you have ever worked as a doorman, your experience will serve you well in your cat ownership. The ancient Egyptians considered cats to have supernatural powers and worshiped them.

There are reasons why the ancient Egyptians worshiped them as supernatural gods and European folklorists associated them with witchcraft. In Ancient Egypt, cats were sometimes mummified after death because they were perceived as incarnations of the gods.

Keep an eye on your cat, and you'll begin to notice some odd behavior. You have to be very insensitive in order to have a cat, because I think they're very independent.

When they're kittens, you think they're going to have a dog temperament in that they're going to run to the door when you get home, lick you on the face and cuddle with you all the time, but cats are not that way. That means that they are most active and do their hunting around dawn and dusk rather than during the night or day.

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Female cats usually sleep more than males in the wild, mainly because they do most of the hunting. They have excellent vision in low light, but cannot see in complete darkness.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.

Answer: Average life expectancy for a domesticated feline is between 10 and 15 years. In general, cats who spend a lot of unsupervised time outdoors don't live as long as indoor cats, who face fewer dangers.

Well all I have to say to your 15 reason not to have a cat is you been never loved by one which makes me feel sorry for you That’s your opinion cats are not for everybody ....just like dogs aren’t either I wouldn’t have a little slap me dog for anything all they do is bark and shake when something moves or when friends come over, and they don’t shut up.

I have a cat now that I Rescued about 8 months ago when he was already a year & 7months old. He isn't allowed on my tables &/or counters (although I'm not stupid, I'm sure he may do it when I'm not home).

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All of these things Are Strange for a cat, but they aren't All Aloof & they Don't All think They are Gods! Oranges, pineapple, chips, avocado, green beans (cooked or rt o/of the can).

He loved to be carried around like a baby, loved his belly rubbed, chased his tail like a dog. Unfortunately, he was misdiagnosed (for a lack of a better explanation) by not one but 2 IDIOT Veterinarians & died probably @ least 3-5 years before he should have.

The cat hair is the Only Thing you mentioned that I agree with. You seem to have only been around the ones that give Cats a bad name....the reason Many people think they Don't Like them.

You should be ashamed of yourself putting an article like this out to a world that already views cats as worthless. There are people that torture them, beat them, use them as fishing bait.

Why not use your blogging abilities for good and advocate for creatures rather than give unstable people more of a reason to justify hurting animals. Just because you have problems with cat's stop putting down about them, there are a lot of people that live a lot worse than animals and pets.

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I like all pets, cats,dogs, birds and fishes. My cats fight over getting on my lap and giving me affection so this is the most ridiculous article I have ever read.

Thank goodness we don’t live in North Korea where all pets have been banned by the dictator. We have the freedom to choose our favorite pets in the USA.

They had to hunt in the wild and fend for themselves prior to being domesticated and feral still do. To each own, but stop being so negative about cats.

Plus, vets sell topical and oral meds for fleas, ticks and other parasites, and heart worms are rare in cats, but quite common in dogs. You need to spend time just like you would with a dog.

This should have been written by someone who actually loves cats not someone who just wanted to push their dog agenda on us. I enjoy every moment with my cat and the thing Jennifer Hewitt said You have to be very insensitive in order to have a cat, because I think they're very independent.

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When they're kittens, you think they're going to have a dog temperament in that they're going to run to the door when you get home, lick you on the face and cuddle with you all the time, but cats are not that way. I feel sorry for her because every time I come home my cat is at the door waiting for me to pick her up, so she can lick my face.

This is information is silly and a lot of the “downsides” can be said about dogs. I’ve had cats since I was 12 years old and I absolutely love them....

Cats will make you laugh every single day.... I am just ashamed that you would be able to write such an awful article about cats.

If you FET them at a young age, you can teach them nit to scratch on the furniture or other places. Hell that's what they make scratching posts and other things for them. By the way dogs have fleas some people are alley to them.

I believe a dog or cat is the best suit to a person by their lifestyle and their character. Fact I have cat that walks on a lease enjoys being with me waits for me to come to say cat is bad pet is incorrect.

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The fact that this post is listing the downfalls that can easily be avoided by proper care for the animal. Such as fleas, the slaughtering of birds (as they shouldn't be outside anyway) smelly litter and behavioral problems are all preventable.

You have to be just a plain unhappy person to say negative things about cats. It's kind of sad that you hate cats so much you feel the need to spread misinformation about them in order to deter people from getting a cat as their pet.

Unlike a dog, you don't have to potty-train a cat... you don't have to clean poop and piss of a kitten. Even with a very high maintenance Persian cat, I only spend a max of 15 minutes grooming and attending him.

They don't have a constant need for attention or exercise. My cat doesn't scratch or claw the furniture because they have their own things for that.

He also doesn't take his claws out anymore, so we don't even cut his nails. Whiskers tickling and waking me up is much better than being drooled in your dogs licks.

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Cats don't leave the house as smelly as a dog does. So the chances of hurting birds and rats are pretty low so is getting fleas from another animal because you don't have to take them to a dog park.

Cats on the other hand are cleaner and bury their business either in their indoor tray (NO SMELL) or outside. I get a good wash before settling down for a sleep on my knees.

My dogs give an affectionate lick but my cats groom me! My cat loves lying between my legs on my bed and is quite happy to sleep for hours.

My dogs tolerate the cats who go walks with the dogs and just like the cats they have a natural desire to chase/kill other animals! My dogs have killed birds that got into their pens and would savage a rabbit or on one occasion a stray sheep which I managed to save.

Half these disadvantages also apply to other pets and you’ve clearly never owned a cat in your life if you think the rest is true. Cats are amazing creatures and fascinating pets.

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Mine will sit and give me a high five when asked. He loves a cuddle and is always waiting for me when I get home just as intuitively as any dog.

This is clearly an ignorant idiot who shouldn't be writing articles about cats. Especially if your idea of an article is to dissuade people from having cats.

As has been pointed out, there are easy fixes to almost all the “downsides” you name. Furniture can be replaced, cats are family.

Besides, if you have scratching posts and trees, it is rarely an issue. Clean it regularly and it won't be stomach churning.

Having had 6 cats through the years, I've yet to have one go outside the box that wasn't due to a medical issue. Part of the responsibility of caring for a pet moron.


I hope to god you weren't paid for this inane drivel. Go roll around with your dogs and leave writing articles about cats to professionals.

Fluffy, cute, intelligent, loving, respectful etc. You're kind of stupid about cats ... Cats are independent, intelligent, caring, loving, respectful when respected and change bad habits when they have an understanding with you.

And humans does too(vomits on carpets when drunk.pees and poops all over the toilet and floor I agreed to adopt an 11-year-old cat, who was going to be put down.

I want an apology from you my email is you sick fuck!! All of that basically applies to not having any pet, children or frankly other people in your life.

Yes who wrote that piece trash they are wrong about cats we have one, and she loving caring. I wanted to read through the comments to see if people are supporting this silly article and happy to see that most of them think this article crappy.

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And generally cats are not being adopted due to misconceptions. This article was written by a narcissist who can't even care about a pet.

All the “reasons” you gave not to have a cat could apply to any pet. Species is bad enough as it is, f you, Google, for putting this in my or anyone's newsfeed.

In an order of positive reports, the feline gets negative input you get negative results, our cat is well to her predator lifestyles, take an honest giving of attention, and she loves her fellow inhabitants us clearly in giving charge, A quiet almost,(the single word of no, ) does she feel part of the family inhabitants? Thank the Creator for a wonderful diverse of beings,in Christ, the creator. I've had cats all my life, and they are so very sweet and loveable animals, I'm sad to hear there are people out there that are very selfish, obviously grew up hating cats, how sad for you.

A CAT HAS EVEN SAVED A BOY FROM A DOG TRYING TO EAT HIM! Seriously, this writer is a putz and needs to be fired for a biased article.

My cat greets me every freaking day, follows me around the house, waits in the bathroom until I'm doing in there (politely turning her back not to watch), races me to the bed to sleep, lies on my arm while I write, lies on my lap while I watch TV, tries to kiss me and run under me when I do push-ups, and I spoon her at night and hold onto one foot paw to go to sleep because it is comforting. She lifts her freaking foot because she knows it helps me sleep.

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If, in the night, I turn over, my cat gets up and goes to the other side, so I can hold her foot again. IDK if it's her breed (Singapore) or what, but she is Uber polite and constantly worrying about me.

She checks that I'm okay, licks me, and then keeps a good eye on me for like the next 20 min. When I am underwater in the tub too long, she peers over the side to make sure I didn't drown.

She only meows if it is important like if she sees a scary bug. As for her litter box, it is not gross because I use the Breeze system with the pee lad in the lower drawer and the pellets on the upper grate.

Dogs, however, require you to walk them, they hump your leg (powwow), they bark so loud and suddenly that you get hot coffee all over if you're holding a full cup and get the stuffing scared out of you when one dog passes another, and they require you to pick up their hot, wet, turds in your thin surgical glove covered HAND in freaking PUBLIC! If you think it's better to have a drooling animal that want to have sex with you and be your slave but can also turn on you, rape your child and rip your face off, then you'RR either uneducated, naive, or you've got a lot more problems than someone who prefers cats.

Remember that serial killer whose neighbor's dogs incessant barking would not let him sleep? Yeah, drove him to commit serial murder.

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They have high standards and respect themselves, and they are excellent hunters that do not need us to survive. They simply love us and for them that's what matters as long as we treat them with respect.

Cats don't forget mistreatment and do not allow abuse. They save the world by reducing rat populations that could bring on the rat apocalypse where our food would be gone, and we would get the plague and die.

Cats are the heroes of our world (Google what would happen in a world without cats and watch the video to learn about experiments where it actually happened on small islands.) I've had cats from childhood, about 50 yrs now & the only thing I agree with you about is their hunting instincts.

This person Paul Goodman, who wrote this article needs to have people watch over him on what he writes, and he should be Fired for writing an article like this too. Anyone can criticize anything, and he is surly Not a person who should own any type of dog or cat or any animal period.

He is intolerable and writes things that can be taken out of content and negative. I would rather be surrounded by cats and dogs who are not judge mental not critical and have an innocent caring heart than with a dark hearted lost person like you.

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2nd I really hope Jennifer Love Hewitt did not say cat owners are insensitive. My cats are little human beings with boat loads of personality.

Cats are independent oh can put food down & take off for a few days. Every person & pet needs medical attn at some point.

You are despicable people who read that would prob miss out on his cats are very independent LOVEABLE CARING FUN LOVE 2 PLAY SLEEP WITH YOU ETC. I ADORE CATS HAD THEM ALL MY LIFE I CURRENTLY HAVE 3 BLACK Beauty.

BUT WHOEVER WROTE THAT IN A WAY LIKE ME WOULD TAKE THAT OFFENSE SO 2 THAT PERSON I Home YOU BURN IN HELL!!!!! I Love my matter what.only because you for some of your reasoning .that is is no different from having kids .you have got to teach them .

He's a guy they need to have somebody depend on them to feel significant that's what you get with a dog I've had cats for years and dogs and both are brilliant pets.

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Take your negativity and put it where the sun don't shine mate, especially in these bad times, where people have been abandoning more poor animals ! Cats are not easy but very loving genius and look after you when ill. Great pets very intelligent creatures.

Ok someone has hatred for cats .that's fine as long as you're not a writer ! I hope I've made myself clear enough. Have a GOOD DAY.

I love dogs and cats and I really am tired of people who think one is better than the other. They are all lap cats, bed buddies, and love bugs.

I have my cats declawed at a young age, and they are fine, it's NOT abusive, they are running around while still bandaged, and normal after bandage removal in about 5 days. It is possible to find vets now that will do laser declawing and it makes it even easier on the cat.

So anyway, don't let this stupid article deny you the years of love that you get from a cat! A lot of people own cats, and love them.

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I got a female cat and I tell her no not to scratch the furniture and ignore me and still does it then j have a piece of paper and I shake it and then a spray bottle with lemon juice I spray on furniture then she runs away from the furniture. Third, they are a liar saying that they lived with cats and made up almost everything that they said.

To kill a cat, even accidentally, was an automatic death sentence. So why people find this animal cute, adorable, and friendly is beyond me.

Animals aren’t human, so these cats should be treated exactly like pets. You can’t take them everywhere with you like you can a dog, and if you leave them home, they may pee everywhere, claw up the couch, get into everything they shouldn’t, and make a ridiculous mess.

They like to sleep everywhere, and leave their hair of the couch cushions, curtains, comforter, and your clothes. They walk on your ledges, and if you have picture frames, candles, or any type of decor, they will knock it over.

It seems like every time you’re walking, or in the kitchen, they are right there by your feet, weaving too and for as you are trying to get from one place to the other. If you’re sitting on one end of the couch, taking up only one cushion, they will feel obliged to jump up on your lap and stay there till you have to move.

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(@macilynnnnnnn) August 7, 2014, Seriously, what is the deal with single girls and cats ? It's not cute and it doesn't make you quirky, lovable or funny, which I know you're trying to be.

If you want to get creative, obsess over literally any other animal in the whole world. This parasite, which lives in 30 to 50 percent of the world's human brains, can only reproduce in the digestive tracts of cats.

Scientists studied the behavior of T. Gandhi in the brain of a rodent, an animal normally petrified by cats, and uncovered extraordinary results. Now, the newly-brave, manipulated rat thinks it can befriend its mortal enemy, and it can't.

“The fact that a parasite has learned to sneak into brains, hack some biochemical wiring, and effectively reverse a deep-seated, primordial fear that’s been beaten into the inherited psyche of every living rodent is, in a word, bonkers.” You might think your cat is your only friend while you're alone on a Saturday night watching Netflix, but he actually likes you as much as every crush you've ever had does: not at all.

The “kitty kiss” relays certain information about how the cat is feeling. If the cat blinks at you, it's a good thing, but if he doesn't, he's asserting his dominance and potentially feeling aggressive.

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All of these subtle movements could be hard to catch if you're not watching closely enough -- which you can't do because staring in a cat's eyes for too long could prompt an attack. People who live alone and own a cat, beware: If you die by yourself in your house, nobody will know right away, so your body will stay there for several days.

According to a phenomenon called “postmortem predation,” a cat will eat your dead body one or two days after you die. Studies have shown that a dog struck with this phenomenon will at least wait a while before attacking your corpse, so it's possible that someone will have found you by the time the dog realizes he's starving.

Don't feel so safe living alone with your cat now, huh? All mammals have the required number of taste receptors to detect sweetness.

They lack amino acid pairs that make up the DNA of a gene called Tas1r2 that codes for an ability to taste sweet things like cupcakes. Instead, cats love the flavor of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a compound that supplies energy in all living cells and acts as a signal for meat.

A 2013 study revealed that each year, domestic cats kill 20.7 billion smaller animals, including mice, chipmunks, voles and 3.7 billion birds. Many of you probably find it “cute” when they bring their prey to your house and leave it at your doorstep.

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Normally, it doesn't do anything to harm those humans whose brains it calls home (well, except make you love cats) because your immune system knows how to handle it. Feline feces are true safe havens for T. Gandhi, so you can contract toxoplasmosis by cleaning up your cat's sh×t.

Scientists studied how humans responded to cat purrs mixed with a high-pitched cry. Cats know how sensitive we are to the needs of human babies who also cry, so they try to trick us into paying attention to them by wailing like children.

In the study, human owners felt a higher sense of urgency in a situation when cat's purring included crying. Looks like cats are losers and pea-brained, which means stupid.

Now, imagine waking up the next morning and going home still smelling like that pillow. If these leaders, who range from notably brave heroes to evil relentless dictators, feared cats in their lifetimes, perhaps we really should start thinking about how awful they are.

Honestly, if Hitler is afraid of something, I can only imagine the power that thing has. Even the crazy old cat lady at the end of the street knows that each one of her precious little fur babies are literally the worst.

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Please raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by a cat. Honestly it's hard to even pee without one of them sticking their tiny little paws under the door trying to claw their way in.

They jump up on your lap all purrs and cuteness then BOOM cat head to the face. And suddenly you can't read anymore because the dang thing keeps ramming its head at you trying to knock you out.

3) Cats don't respect human sleep schedules. 4) Forget about reading a book or working on your computer when you have a cat.

Ever been trying to walk past a sleeping kitty only to be violently attacked narrowly escaping death? I'd let my cat get away with murder if he flashed me the right look complete with a loud purr and an adorable kitty stretch.

9) And finally cats are the absolute worst because they don't live forever and sooner or later you'll have to say goodbye to your best friend. Thanks to an alert reader who sent Life in the Boomer Lane an article from Vox, LBL is now aware that the greatest threat to her health and well-being comes not from across the ocean.

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It resides, instead, in her own home, and she feeds and waters it daily and helps it to sustain it's human-hating, suicide-causing, homicidal maniac life. Most people who have owned pets have noted that dogs spend a lot of time spinning around in circles and slobbering at their owners' approach.

Leave the room to quickly grab a bowl of chili-flavored pork rinds, and, when you come back, your dog will act as though you have been gone for months and will resume spinning around in circles and slobbering. Your cat, would, were it to have access to weapons of mass destruction, be plotting to end the world.

When a dog goes without food for awhile, and we fill his bowl, he licks our feet in gratitude. When we neglect to feed our cats in a timely manner, they hiss at us and throw our cell phones into the toilet.

Daniel Mills, a veterinary researcher at the UK's University of Lincoln, says “Owners invest a lot emotionally in the cat relationship. Additionally, it's believed that dogs were actively selected by humans to guard and herd animals, whereas cats likely selected themselves, spending time near people simply to eat the rats consuming grain stores.

This difference, along with the extra evolutionary time frame, could explain why dogs are so much more interested in responding to the human voice, as opposed to cats, who merely want to claw our eyes out. ***LBL can hear cat owners protesting and hyperventilating, citing all kinds of touchy-feely behavior that Fluffy/Buffy/Bony exhibits to show that all the research is wrong.

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Many researchers interpret this behavior as an attempt, by the cat, to spread his or her scent -- as a way to mark territory. Observations of semi-feral cats show that they commonly rub up against trees or other objects in the exact same way, which allows them to deposit pheromone-containing secretions that naturally come out of their skin.

As part of 2009 study, researchers at the University of Sussex recorded the purring sounds made by 10 different cats in two types of situations: when they wanted food and when they didn't. As it turned out, the food-related purrs were noticeably different: the otherwise low-toned noises had a spike in the 220 to 520 Hz frequency, which is similar to a baby's cry.

What may be going on, the researchers concluded, is that cats have figured out how to purr in a way that triggers humans' parenting instincts. The same study noted that men in singles bar emit a throaty purr-like noise when in the presence of nubile, young females.

Your cat's poop is making you neurotic, schizophrenic, suicidal, and smell bad. Atlantic Monthly reported compelling evidence that a parasite often found in cat feces can subtly change people's personalities over time, increasing rates of neuroticism, schizophrenia and possibly suicide.

Let us repeat this and say it once again in bold: Your cat's poop is making you neurotic, schizophrenic, suicidal and smell bad. But, since most humans are really quite good at becoming hysterical about the slim-to-none chances of contracting certain deadly viruses, we wanted to make sure we mentioned this.

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We will continue to house and feed these maniacal creatures, empty their litter boxes on a regular basis, and allow them to deposit their pheromones all over us. Miracle the Cat will open her mouth, yawn (revealing a set of sharp scary feline teeth), and snuggle in more deeply.

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The earliest domesticated cats started appearing in Neolithic villages in the Middle East around 10,000 years ago. Our relationship with them was, from the outset, a little more at arms’ length than dogs, who helped us hunt and relied upon humans for a share of the spoils.

Research into cats emotions and sociability has long lagged behind that on dogs, but in recent times it has gathered pace. Much of it is in its early stages, but already research has shown that cats sociability towards humans is quite a complicated spectrum.

In places such as the Mediterranean and Japan, colonies of “community cats thrive in fishing villages, friendly enough to ingratiate themselves with locals who feed them. In Istanbul, for instance, the semi-stray cats are fed and looked after by locals, and have become part of the city’s identity, even spawning a recent documentary film.

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Then there are the cats that live with us, but even this subset is a spectrum; some keep a relative distance, while others positively thrive with human company. “I think it’s a lot harder for people to read their body language compared to dogs,” says Kristen Vital, a PhD researcher studying cat behavior.

“They want their water and their food and their sleeping arrangements and their litter tray just right, and when they are right, they’re able to start exploring those social bonds.” So, the next time you come home to find a cat quietly surveying you from the couch, or lazily yawning as they pad their way into the hallway, don’t be disappointed.

Domesticated cats have been bred for years and years to make them “domestic”, but even they can easily go back to their “wild” behaviors, especially if they are born in the wild. Big cats don't have the benefit of the years of selective breeding to make them good pets.

People say that black cats are bad luck but that of course is a superstitious thought. Personally I don't think that it matters what color the cat is.

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