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Just another reason to own a dog..... rofl rofl

"If you've ever wondered who's in control, you or your cat, a new study points to the obvious. It's your cat.


Household cats exercise this control with a certain type of urgent-sounding, high-pitched meow, according to the findings.


This meow is actually a purr mixed with a high-pitched cry. While people usually think of cat purring as a sign of happiness, some cats make this purr-cry sound when they want to be fed. The study showed that humans find these mixed calls annoying and difficult to ignore.


"The embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response," said Karen McComb of the University of Sussex. "Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom."


They know us


Previous research has shown similarities between cat cries and human infant cries.


McComb suggests that the purr-cry may subtly take advantage of humans' sensitivity to cries they associate with nurturing offspring. Also, including the cry within the purr could make the sound "less harmonic and thus more difficult to habituate to," she said.


McComb got the idea for the study from her experience with her own cat, who would consistently wake her up in the mornings with a very insistent purr. After speaking with other cat owners, she learned that some of their cats also made the same type of call. As a scientist who studies vocal communication in mammals, she decided to investigate the manipulative meow.


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Setting up the experiments wasn't easy. While the felines used purr-cries around their familiar owners, they were not eager to make the same cries in front of strangers. So McComb and her team trained cat owners to record their pets' cries - capturing the sounds made by cats when they were seeking food and when they were not. In all, the team collected recordings from 10 different cats.


The researchers then played the cries back for 50 human participants, not all of whom owned cats. They found that humans, even if they had never had a cat themselves, judged the purrs recorded while cats were actively seeking food - the purrs with an embedded, high-pitched cry - as more urgent and less pleasant than those made in other contexts.


When the team re-synthesised the recorded purrs to remove the embedded cry, leaving all else unchanged, the human subjects' urgency ratings for those calls decreased significantly.


McComb said she thinks this cry occurs at a low level in cats' normal purring, "but we think that cats learn to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans." In fact, not all cats use this form of purring at all, she said, noting that it seems to most often develop in cats that have a one-on-one relationship with their owners rather than those living in large households, where their purrs might be overlooked. "
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One word ... DUH! 

My cat has given up on that stuff though, as I am too deaf in the upper frequencies and just can't hear it.
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Or you just don't care........... Thinking
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*squeek*

the cat decided to get back at me for leaving her for the past week and a half by turning off the cable modem... Doh lol  (under normal conditions wouldn't matter, except that i had a web server and some crunching that wanted a 'net connection Doh )
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smart cat...Hurt what they love the most......... rofl  rofl
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*squeek*

came in, dropped off bags then left to pick up dinner.....came back, and she was at the door crying... lol
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she missed you......... rofl  rofl
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She missed her food bowl being full  Yap yap yap
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she missed you......... rofl  rofl

seems to be the case....following my every step now....


She missed her food bowl being full  Yap yap yap

had a full bowl of dry food, and the bowl of wet food looked as if it had been placed out yesterday and not touched since....the building maintenance guy was looking after her while gone...
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 Thinking Must have missed the luvinz then.
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she's pawing at the bag of treats now... lol
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Uh huh  Hmm
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Baby puddums was mistededing her wuv, her was.

The LGC was rather vocal in her later years, but not averse to simply walking up to her sleeping human, delicately hooking a claw over the human's lower lip and TUGGING until the sleeping human woke and found herself nose to nose with an urgent cat who was also heavily armed and holding part of said human's face hostage. rofl
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Dissident cat  Doh
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turned puddum from sad to angry....vet visit....
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Sleep with both eyes open tonight....... rofl  rofl
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Cats are SUPPOSED to get anything they want. After all, they were worshipped as deities once and haven't gotten over it. Rollcat
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Just because some people are stupid.......... rofl  rofl
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More dumb people than dumb cats Rollcat
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At least the cat can feed itself.  Roll Eyes
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And is pickier about what it eats Toilet
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sometimes picky isn't a good thing.... rofl
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When you're on a budget, no it's not.  Doh
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When their hungry they will eat all those birds, mice, snakes & other critters they catch. Use to just feed them in the winter here..
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Puss wasn't wasting her time on that unhealthy people food. No sir, give her the Fancy Feast and give it to her NOW, was her motto. Missin' da Puss. Cry
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 Kiss
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mine still don't care much for canned food, other then licking dry the soupy ones and leaving the so-called meat. lol   she likes dry crunchies though, and thankfully will pace herself enough that a bowl set out in the early evening lasts till the next evening....unlike mom's cat where a bowl set out is emptied in a 10 minute timeframe, then promptly regurgitated... Doh
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