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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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We'e being even more carefully manipulated than we thought.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8147566.stm



Dr McComb said that the cry occurs at a low level in cats' normal purring. "But we think that (they) learn to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans."

She added that the trait seemed to most often develop in cats that have a one-on-one relationship with their owners.

"Obviously we don't know what's going on inside their minds," said Dr McComb. "But they learn how to do this, and then they do it quite deliberately."

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Yes, I read this earlier today! Hilarious! Quinn makes the exact same sound as the one in the video, every morning at 6 am. Little stinker.
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Shhh! We mere hominids are not supposed to know we are being manipulated this way. There are other, more pervasive and insidious methods of persuasion being employed by feline-kind, as well.

Oops, I fear I may have said too much...
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Tonka does this all the time!!!!
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They had to do a study on this? My cats have been doing this to me for years, Maggie is the master at using purring to get me to feed her. She just sits and stares at me and purrs her fool head off. And I know exactly what she wants...


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People told me I was readng too much into Fay's vocalizations but she just puts all her emotion into it. She norts, sighs, cries ( a lot of those since the new cat Mia arrived) mew purrs and meows.

I even managed to copy the "I'm lonely" mew she made when she was first missing her littermate and she'd run run up to my face with a concerned look and give me a face rub.

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Nice to know I'm not crazy that there's something very insistent about that purr sometimes...

I don't know if I'd call it manipulation per se. They do it, they discover that when they do it, we do something they like, so they do it again. We're basically training them to do it without realizing it.
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No... THEY'RE training us. #

You've heard of Pavlov's dogs?* This is the feline equivalent. In reverse (as it's cats).


*Pavlov was some dude who managed to get dogs to salivate when a bell was rung. He did this by ringing a bell, then giving them food. They associated the bell with the food, so when the bell was rung, they automatically salivated.
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LOL, I thought of Pavlov also.

I wish Taz would purr when he's hungry, instead he yells at me until I get his food ready. The purr would be so much more soothing at 3:30 am.


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The cats at the shelter I volunteer at do this when you walk into the room. And I though they liked me. Little stinkers.
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