The Detroit Post
Monday, 29 November, 2021

Why Are Cats Cute

Maria Johnson
• Tuesday, 01 December, 2020
• 27 min read

They show affection through their large green eyes, they depict playfulness by chasing laser lights and toy spiders, and they become a part of your home (read: furniture) by lying on their backs with their legs perched up in the air. Below are 10 reasons why cats make for the cutest pets.

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Cats are great pets to have because they are not a liability in terms of care-taking. They poop where they are supposed to, sleep when they are bored (read: always), and eat when they feel like it.

They don't come up to you with hungry eyes and paw you, forcing you to get up and feed them. You can't play with cats anytime you want to.

Your cat will give you its instant opinions about the amenities that you have supplied. If the stuff is not good enough, you will be met with raging fury and intense annoyance (accompanied by a titled head and a long, loud meow).

Apart from balls of wool (which they can get tangled in and never come out of), an iPad can also easily keep them busy for hours. Believe it or not, there are YouTube videos of cats doodling away with their paws on iPad screens and being highly amused with the colors.

If you don't want to sacrifice an iPad for you feline, a simple moth in the room should suffice! However, don't take it for granted that a cat will simply be amused by anything and everything.

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The games will only begin if, and only if, Her Feline Highness feels like being amused. Whether cats want you to buzz off, entertain them, give them food, or show them TV, they have a specific way of meowing for each activity.

A slow, lulled meow signals that they want you to pet them under their necks. In fact, there should be a research lab out there somewhere trying to decipher different meows and make it a mainstream language.

Contrary to general assumption, cats love being carried, especially when you cradle them like babies. With their legs perched up in the air, they loved being lulled and hummed to sleep.

And mind you, if they notice you're wearing amusing danglers or a neck piece that catches their fancy, they have the official right to fling it apart. Cats are super cute because they will eventually pick the spot that they love in the house.

Have you noticed that every time you pet and play with your cat, he/she will sit in a corner a few minutes later and get into a self-grooming session? They may even spend an entire hour licking every single square inch of their body.

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“Curiosity killed the cat” comes from a context. When you come back from the grocery store and put all your shopping bags on the kitchen counter, the first person to check it out will be your kitty.

“ Cute yet difficult” is a confusing tag to describe a personality, but here goes. They have strong likes and dislikes, fetishes, pet peeves, and most importantly, their favorite people.

For instance, if they lightly bite you, it's their way of acknowledging that you exist. If this picture does not melt your heart, there are few things in the world that will.

Cats like the feeling of warmth underneath them, which is why we always seem to find them stationed atop a computer monitor. Since cats are fascinated by motion, they'll try to paw your fast-moving fingers zipping across the keyboard.

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.

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Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. My cat, Lily, matches all of this, she curls up with me every night.

Given half a chance I'd be one of those crazy cat ladies. You are entitled to keep #6 in your article--obviously you have a kitty who loves being carried.

“They Love Being Carried Like a Human Baby” MMM... no they don't. Every time I lift my cats they want to climb on my shoulders, so they can observe their surroundings better.

Cats don't usually like when people carry them like babies, they feel helpless, and they are looking a way to get out of the situation... come on, it's cat owner's 101. My Kitty Nikki passed away a couple of months ago at age 15.

The first things she did when we got home and I opened her carrier was to climb into my lap and rub her face on my chin, and for the rest of her life she was the sweetest little girl in the world. Cats don't grovel like dogs, but they are as loving as anyone can be.

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I think I must have been a cat in my previous life (I love to sleep and cuddle too!) Cats definitely have their way when it comes to grabbing attention.

No one wants to date the eager girl who is always throwing herself at everyone (dogs). I tried to have a dog once for a week and it was like having a clingy, whiny baby.

And no, if you try to carry part of our cats like babies, they start wriggling and want down. It's great to see another fellow cat lover on this hub.

Cats and dogs are both adorable animals and make great pets. For many, cats get the edge over dogs especially when it comes to the word cute '.

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on November 12, 2011: We have a blue point male Siamese, and we are quite pleased with him.

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The last one I remember reading was titled “queen of the household”. Funny you mention that because Flora's cat when she was young did not like to be picked up either.

As you can imagine, I spent more time looking for pictures than I took to write this hub. Glad to see another fellow cat lover on this hub.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 08, 2011: I think you are right that what makes them so endearing is their feigned indifference.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 08, 2011: We JUST got a kitten about a week ago for many of the reasons you mentioned.

I love that you “warn” us about the cute cat pictures. Some cats don't mind being picked up while others can't stand it.

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Lovely hub about my favorite animals, one of which just happens to be snoozing in my lap as I write... :) Eliot found cats fascinating, so much so that he wrote dozens of poems about them.

They purrrrrr…this is the most appealing and comforting sound you can hear from any animal, and only cats can make it. Just thinking about it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and conjures up visions of sitting in front of a roaring log fire with a contented cat dozing on your lap.

If you look at a cat you’ll see that it has a large forehead, big eyes and a little nose and mouth. This combination of features has us eating out of cats paws in no time flat, because that is the same composition as the young of our own species, and as humans our brains are hardwired to find them cute.

It also awakens aggression in us, strangely enough, because when we see something small and helpless our immediate response is to protect it the human way, which is usually to flatten the aggressor! Strangely enough, we hairless creatures don’t find other bald animals particularly nice to touch.

Another sign that they love you am that they bring you ‘gifts’ often of the dead, furry and feathered variety. We’ve often heard a story about the fire brigade being called out to rescue cats from trees, roofs, and other high places.

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To this end, he’ll mark it in a number of ways: by urinating, scratching and rubbing with their cheeks and head. His territory is very important to him, and he has to know every nook and cranny of it so that he can defend it, and it’s another one of the reasons why cats are so cute and curious.

But there's no denying that cats are beloved by huge numbers of humans. Our co-evolution has yielded a unique bond between humans and dogs: We understand each other exceptionally well.

Bryan Ruskin at Gizmo do argues that cats relatively aloof behavior puts us in the intriguing position of voyeur. In stark contrast to dogs, who generally wear their hearts on their sleeves, cats rarely acknowledge the camera, and project an air of being unaffected by what's going on around them.

Cats lead their own lives, and it's fun and cute to watch them go about their business. Plus, their unreadable faces make them the perfect blank canvas onto which we can project our human thoughts.

John Bradshaw, feline researcher and author of the book Cat Sense, told Popular Science there's evidence that indicates cats really do show affection toward humans. “Superficially, looks like scent marking,” says Bradshaw.

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Cats sometimes even have a favorite person or people to whom they show the most affection, giving these special few an extra reason to gloat. Your fluffy ball of happiness is purring himself to sleep on your lap.

Isn’t it the most peaceful and beautiful thing you can experience as a cat owner? That explains why seeing them peacefully in their sleep triggers our brain to perceive them as cute and lovely.

It makes a face so much closer to a human that we can’t help but smile at it and feel warm inside! In the wild, felines need to chase to eat, and the stalking, pursuing and executing of prey consumes a great deal of vitality.

Cats realize the proper behavior haughty, and when to stop the stand-offish act and simply play. Cats have some of the unique and irresistible facial expressions in the animal kingdom.

Science came to the rescue to explain why cat faces are just so darn cute. Whether it’s the curtain, tree, a post, or mesh wire.

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I am a cat lover and also enjoy writing about a variety of commercial topics. Unlike humans, animals give you unconditional love.

They don’t dump you or leave you in the dirt. Only cats are hilarious enough to be the biggest celebrities on the web.

You can take a short vacation and leave them at home. They don’t get separation anxiety and tear up your entire house like dogs do.

Yeah, litter boxes can be gross, but they are much easier to deal with than poop scattered all over the house. Cats can even be taught to be potty-trained on a real toilet.

Do you ever get annoyed when a dog’s barking wakes the whole house? Cats that are vocal never meow loud enough to cause a scene, and when you have visitors they go off and hide rather than jump all over them.

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They don’t smell bad either like dogs do. You’ll see: after you pet a cat, you don’t feel like you need to wash your hands like crazy.

Cats can stay inside their whole lives, and never get dirty and bring fleas and ticks into your home. You don’t have to worry about your pet getting attacked by a wild animal when they live inside.

You won't have a rat problem with a cat in your house. Everyone has seen those millions of videos on YouTube featuring cats hilarious behaviors.

They are bigger celebrities than half of the people on the Internet. They are very emotional animals that love to be held and cuddled with.

Love cats and dogs....they both bring something great to the table. Only reason to like one over the other is your lifestyle...and while dogs do tend to be more emotionally connected{face it, no cat ever meowed itself to death over your grave} not everyone has the time for a dog or the willingness to give them what they need.

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Dogs are nagging wives.... cats are mistresses. If you keep your dog chained up in the backyard for more than an hour a day all alone you're probably a cat person and don't know it.

I love cats to pieces, but #5 is demonstrably false. My neighbors complained about my Bengal waking them up and annoying them.

My two cats have brought my family together by providing us comfort and joy. But I truly feel they belong in the wild outdoors free to be themselves.

I own a cat and a dog, and I think it has no reason to compare between them. I can't tell you how many times I have cried while reading CATS ARE EVIL” articles.

Cats are lovely creatures, and the reason why people prefer dogs is that they don't want to have to earn the trust of a cat-they'd much rather get easy love from a dog. Once you've gained a cat's love, they will find a way to show it.

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I once saw a comment on Quora that read “How can anyone love a cat in a world where dogs exist?” Which brings me to my next point- When I state how much I love cats, I am instantly met with a tirade of rants about how I can love them, they're evil, dogs are better.

Look, I keep quiet whenever you start rambling about how cute your dog is-can't you give my cat the same courtesy? I have absolutely adored cats since I first laid eyes on one as an infant.

Her name is Pepper, and she was a stray that I finally convinced to get close to me, and she has given me nothing but love and happiness the last two years! Hi I'm allergic to cats but I have mine at my grandma's name is whiskers.

Would have to agree with your comments about these beautiful creatures, the two cats in the picture, seriously cute, as cats always are, if you have cats you will see scenes like this constantly, simply because they are cute, loveable, pleasure to have, and in closing may I say I feel sorry for people who do not love cats. People are so very lucky if they are fortunate to have the love of a cat.

Great article, except it's a little disconcerting that reasons 1 through 5 are a bit exaggerated and generalized. Let's not stereotype animals, whether in a good way or bad way.

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Active breeds like Bengals can become very destructive if left to their own devices. Playing with toys with your cat for about 10-20 minutes a day is all that most cats require to be drained of excess energy, so they don't become destructive, or take out their energy on other pets in the house or their people.

And saying cats can't injure kids is an extremely false statement. Cats have claws and teeth, and just like any other animal will defend themselves when threatened.

Please teach your kids the proper way to play with their kitty (with toys!) And make sure kitty has plenty of escape routes and places where he can take a break from rambunctious kids, like a cat tree or cat shelves.

But implying that all cats are quiet all the time is absurd. Yes, cats don't bark loudly like dogs do, but many cats are extremely vocal towards their humans, and can in fact keep you up at night meowing, especially if they are not played with enough during the day like stated above.

Give your cats plenty of playtime during the day, and feed your cats about one to two hours before you go to bed. That will give the cats plenty of time to wind down and get sleepy enough to not bother you all night long.

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Cats are amazing animals and can make wonderful companions for people of all ages if cared for properly. Please do your own research before getting a cat, and remember there are millions of animals in shelters in need of loving homes.

I'd love to have a dog, but don't want to invest the time it would take to care for it. My motto: If you're having a bad day, just watch a cat.

I've always loved cats since I was very little.but that's not to say I dislike dogs, I like dogs too, but I am just very attached to the comfort of cats and their personalities:) I enjoyed your hub it was very useful to old and new cat people.

I never say I am a cat or dog owner because I believe my Pom Sweetie Angel and Keeper my cat own me. I had my first kitty when I was two years old and I named her Kiss, because we kissed each other all the time--my mother said---she would tell me No-No and I would still do it.

Reading this gives me a physical pain as I cannot keep a cat again after ours died at the age of 20. I have inherited two small (medium size)dogs, and find they do take up way much more time and require more attention than the cats did.

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Although I would not dream of getting rid of them, they tend to limit me in going anywhere overnight as they can't be left alone like the cats were. Every cat had its own personality, and individual behavior.

Oh, his dad was a Mainer. He was big and gray and had the M too Hus mom was a gray tabby with a lot of white almost Blue fur.she was gorgeous but kinda smallish she was a smallish cat... I think Pips dad was a bully alpha male cat.... Pips kind of a chicken...except when he is indoors with Darcy. The two of them think they are mountain lions. They have scared away deer, birds, squirrels, cats, several dog sand a few kids . Yet they were terribly intimidated by my old age; fish- black and white and about 6 inches from top to bottom...they would get nose to tank until Gill-angelfish came over... then hey would jump down from the chair and chatter at him but being a fish he was not intimidated...who knew...

#2 cat is my dog- he's a Siamese too smart he has us trained when we come home he flops on the floor until scratched- like all Siamese he is a talker very loud and always jabbering he comes when called- sometimes he's a chow hound and likes to eat his “brothers food”. I think he is PCI- he just came over while I was writing about him. Even after I told him I had no food- he loves ice cream- too much he will steal a few licks if a bowl is left unattended. We are contemplating a dog . But- when ever I mention it the Siamese gives me almost a growl... it's odd.

Cats are beautiful animals, treasured pets and smart. I am allergic to cats but I would love to have one. Thank you for sharing.

Having 7 cats, I can attest to all the reasons being These beautiful creatures have a rare quality that humans would do well to cultivate: a large capacity to receive affection.

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When a lovely cat saunters our way, it’s not easy to resist the impulse to stroke him or her, even when it’s not so wise. On a recent trip to Thailand, I spotted an irresistible cat in a café.

Will expose ourselves to danger for the potential gratification of petting a darned cat? I believe that a major reason we love cats is because of an uncanny ability that few humans possess: they register our tactile presence in a deeply felt way.

Delighting in our physical presence, they may begin to purr and perhaps roll on their backs, exposing their vulnerability. Give me some love and make me feel good.” Their gift to us is that they receive us deeply, without any troubling cognition or disturbing memories of less savory moments, such as when we forgot to feed them or clean their litter box.

Most likely, we don’t judge cats as being selfish; we relish how openly they let us in. A 10-year research study suggests that cat owners were less likely to die of heart attacks than people who have never owned one.

Other studies confirm that cats can lower our blood pressure and release dopamine and serotonin, which reduce stress and improve immune functioning. I have fond memories of my now deceased cat slowly sauntering toward me and lying on my chest, purring.

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As expressed by Paul Oak, author of The Moral Molecule, this love bond may explain why “people spend thousands of dollars to treat a pet medically rather than euthanize it and simply get a new animal.” If you’re fortunate to have an affectionate cat in your life, notice how he or she receives your affection.

Similarly, when someone who you like gives a hug or offers affection, experiment with letting it in. Get out of your head, take a deep, easy breath, and be mindfully present with how it feels in your body to receive a hug and affection from a loved one.

For instance, my cat Margot has the softest, fluffiest fur, and the prettiest, roundest green eyes, and she makes the most adorable little mewing noises for attention. If you look it up on Wikipedia, there’s actually a recognized set of characteristics that determine cute,” all fitting under the German word kinder schema (source).

Big, forward-facing eyes Rounded ears Floppy limbs and unstable movements Soft, rounded body shape A large head compared to the rest of their body Scientists theorize that appearing soft, vulnerable, and loveable is an evolutionary adaptation that ensures survival.

In other words, when you see your cat do something extra- cute, your brain simultaneously tells you to protect it and rewards you for doing so. That may explain why I still love my cute cat Margot even when she pees on my dirty laundry.

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However, if you’ve lived with a cat, you know that sometimes their features can be downright brooding! Humans have been living alongside cats for hundreds of years.

In fact, according to British anthropologist John Bradshaw, author of the book Cat Sense, cats “rather inexpressive faces” may make humans want to protect them even more. Bradshaw says it’s all about projection: we humans come up with our own ideas about what a cat is thinking or feeling (source).

And for many people, living in a society that values pets and makes cute cat videos go viral all the time, we often project vulnerability. It may simply be that we naturally assume smaller creatures need more care.

I’m conjecturing here, but given our brain’s response to “kinder schema” and our innate need to nurture, it seems possible that cuteness isn’t just a list of attributes. And at the end of the day, you probably don’t need an explanation for why your cat is so cute.

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