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article imageOp-Ed: Your cat thinks you are a big stupid momma cat

By Ken Hanly     Jan 15, 2014 in Odd News
According to the British anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, cats regard their "owners" as large rather stupid members of their own species but not hostile.
John Bradshaw is on the faculty of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Bradshaw's specialty is anthrozoology: "Anthrozoology is the study of interactions between man and animals, and has emerged as a specialty over the past twenty-five years, initially in North America and subsequently also in Europe, Australia and Japan. It is essentially an interdisciplinary science, involving specialists in biology, psychology, social sciences, medicine and veterinary science."
Unlike dogs, Bradshaw thinks that cats are much closer to their original feral state even though they have been "domesticated" for a very long time. His book Cat Sense gives a detailed history of their domestication. Apparently cats first came into human encampments when humans began to store grain and this attracted mice. Bradshaw notes that cats were not bred to play some specific role in the domestic life of humans and have not evolved radically from their original undomesticated state. In recent times the "wild" element is often increased since many domestic cats are neutered so that Bradshaw estimates that about 85 percent of kitten births have a feral element.
Bradshaw is somewhat worried about the cat population. He claims that "cats now face possibly more hostility than during the last two centuries." Some hostility comes about no doubt from the fact that cats engage in activity that many humans dislike such as killing song birds and defecating and urinating in places that are not approved such as flower and vegetable gardens. Still in some areas their ability to catch mice and other rodents is appreciated. In many places the fecundity of feral cats is an issue with many cats being captured and put down, or neutered and put up for adoption.
Cat behavior is often misunderstood. The rubbing up against you with their tails up apparently is just a check to make sure that you are just another strange big unhostile momma cat not some show of affection. The idea that cats are somehow aloof in their relationship with humans may be correct in that they remain basically solitary hunters who nevertheless appreciate the taste of canned cat food and other goodies that humans feed them. Bradshaw really should not worry too much about the cat population since there are at present three cats for every dog on the planet.
While cats often purr it would seem when they are contented, they also purr when they feel threatened or are injured and even when they are near death. The enclosed video is based upon research that suggests that purring can help healing and increase bone density.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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