What Research Says About Cat

Scientists compared cat with dog and found out that cats don’t seem to have the same sort of emotional attachment to their owners and regarded as one of the endangered specie.

Joseph Stromberg‘s research put it forward that, cats are selfish, unfeeling, environmentally devastating creatures.

As suspected by a prolific biologist, Jaroslav Flegr, that a parasite often found in cat feces can subtly change people’s personalities over time, increasing rates of neuroticism, schizophrenia, and perhaps even suicide.

How do mouse and human pick up this parasite?

We often pick up the parasite from handling cats’ litter boxes (because they could be found in their feces). And the consequence of this is that people who have been infected have greater rates of neuroticism and schizophrenia. They tend to get into traffic accidents more often and have higher rates of suicide.

Cat might be driving you crazy.

Over the past few years, a parasite called Toxoplasma gondi was found living and reproducing inside the intestines of cats. And It’s been found to alter the behavior of infected rodents and making them less fearful of predators. i.e. if a mouse picked up the Toxoplasma gondi. And research has shown that it could alter human behavior as well.

Probably doesn’t love you

Daniel Mills, a veterinary researcher at the UK’s University of Lincoln, who conducted a research at the university’s Animal Behavior Clinic suggests that cats, as a whole, do not love their owners back — at least not in the same way that dogs do. The researchers adapted a classic child psychology experiment called “the strange situation,” in which a parent slips out of a room while a baby or young child is playing and then later returns. The child’s behavior upon being abandoned and reunited with the parent is observed and analyzed. This sort of thing has been also done with dogs several times (including by Mills), and the experiments have found that dogs demonstrate an attachment with their owner — compared to a stranger, the dogs become more disturbed when their owners leave, and interact with them more when they return. But, the cats seem disinterested both when their owners depart and return.

Cat doesn’t show affection.

Many cats, for instance, will rub up against the leg of their owner (or another human) when the person enters a room. It’s easy to construe this as a sign of affection. But many researchers interpret this as an attempt, by the cat, to spread his or her scent — as a way to mark territory.

Read also: 5 Strange Behaviors of some Animals

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