Cats Are Jerks, and They Don't Even Like Usthe daily dish
Science taught us a lot of new things about cats in 2013, but it's not necessarily all good news. There's much scientific evidence that appears to reinforce an idea we hate to admit: Cats don't really seem to like humans very much.
As much as we love our feline friends and dote on them at every turn, research shows that they see us as annoying roommates at best, not nurturing figures. In fact, the more we love up on them, the more annoyed they are with us. A study released last fall revealed that cats may not even like being petted. Oh, well, sorry for being such a bother to you, cats.
It's not like cats can't understand us. We know that they understand us; they simply choose to ignore us. Again, this is cold, hard science. A study from the University of Tokyo last month demonstrated that cats recognize their owners' voices, but ignore them almost all of the time. On purpose. Because they'd rather just not be bothered with us if they can help it.
That is, when they're not outright biting us, or trying to steal from us. Jerks.
And did we mention that cats are basically mass murderers? Last year, biologists announced that domestic cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice and other small mammals each year in the U.S. alone. It's no joke. The killing is out of control. It's a real threat to ecosystems.
We just don't hear about many other animal lovers worrying about whether their pets are bullies, or even if they're evil by nature.
Here's the rub: This doesn't change how we feel about cats. We still love our cats. If anything, a feline's strong personality makes us love them even more. Call us suckers for abuse, but we kind of respect their unflinching dignity and lack of compromise. It may not make a lot of sense, but then, any cat lover will tell you that this cat lifestyle is full of paradoxes.
You are too much for us, cats. We wish we knew how to quit you.
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