Cats have a reputation of snubbing their owners and even posing a threat to babies. However, cats are surprisingly loyal and affectionate towards their caregivers, if viewed from a perspective where the cat’s instincts are kept in mind. Cats are teaching us a lot about health and wellness. But before we bestow the collective feline species with a Nobel Prize, let’s start with the first item on our list of weird cat facts. You may think you know all the cat facts that are possible to know, but the cat is a more interesting creature than you may suspect.
A study done several years ago concluded that the cat-human relationship is eerily similar to relationships humans have with other humans. This bond appears to increase in intensity when cats have female caretakers. This may be due to an extroverted woman’s higher willingness to act upon recognized subtle cues from their cats, such as the cat’s desire to be held, which may be expressed by a stare or a simple flick of the tail.
Cats see us as social partners, perhaps even maternal or paternal figures in their lives. Many people argue that pets are animals with only basic survival instincts on their mind, but the study conducted by Kurt Kotrschal of the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna says the cat’s motives are not entirely food-oriented.
During their research, they witnessed one of the most reliable, involuntary signals of powerful emotion. When cats heard their owners’ voices, their pupils dilated. Natural pupil dilation is thought to be directly connected with brain activity that relates to a subject’s emotion, so these cats felt a strong surge of (likely positive) emotion at the very sound of their owner’s voice.