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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manipulated by a cat?

The BBC posted a story yesterday about cats that will not surprise anybody who shares their home with a feline friend.

Apparently, researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food. Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a "cry", with a similar frequency to a human baby's. The team said cats have "tapped into" a human bias - producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore.

And I thought my cat was just pleased to see me this morning.

Hat Tip to Jonathan Calder
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