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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Why are Cats so Affectionate?

Its interesting that they have the capacity for such affection. My gal is a cuddly lap cat (this week anyway). She's more affectionate than most humans. I wonder, from an evolutionary perspective, why this basically wild animal has this capacity and appreciation for such gentleness and peacefulness?
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Yes, I've always wondered about how their need for being petted and scratched evolved. If some guy pawed at me as much as my cats seem to want petting, I'd be shaking him off like an annoying bug.


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I never thought of it like that, but I agree & wonder why! Hmmm...
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 01:26 AM
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who cares where they get it! They just do and we love them for it!
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Every cat is a bit different, my previous cat Meme who the girls where I used to work rescued when the saw her hanging around.
She chose me, She would climb in my lap and press her head against my chest.
This was to let me know she wanted a hug, I'd give her a nice long hug and then she'd either settle down in my lap or right beside me in my chair for some quality time together.
Now Samantha, my recently departed Maine Coon cat, wouldn't sit in your lap but liked to sit or lay on the arm of the easy chair and be petted brushed and combed.
My remaining cat Chiquita who my ex rescued when she was hanging around our home is very vocal and needy, she won't sit in your lap either but demands to be petted and if you get up she'll take a no claw bat at you to show her displeasure.
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It's a scam. they've been honing their techniques for millennia. Look at what they get in return if they do it right.

Shelter

Free food

Belly rubs

Toys

You name it. It's a scam, I tell you.

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^Awww!!!!

Good question.. Hmm.. Maybe it had something to do with the pharaoh times when dogs and cats were first domesticated.
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I've been wondering for a long time too!

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Maybe it had something to do with the pharaoh times when dogs and cats were first domesticated.
Well that would work for the cats but I believe dogs were domesticated about 8000-10000 years before the cats and much closer to Asia than Egypt.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-03-2011, 05:45 AM
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I'm no evolutionary biologist, but I think I can take a crack at it.

Cats obviously evolved outdoors. Being outdoors, cats were exposed to the elements. So for survival sake, cats huddled together for warmth. They get that much more warmth by rubbing their fur against one another creating friction.

Perhaps those cats who embraced the cuddle-huddle had a higher chance of survival and passing down their genes/habits to their offspring that we see today. Vice-versa, those cats who didnt embrace the cuddle-huddle had less a chance at survival.

We see cats doing things that were once necessary to survive but no longer, like how they bury their poop to not attract predators. Perhaps what we see as "cuddling" or "affection" were once necessary survival tools.
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