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I guess pheromones are alot more palatable of an answer than the possibility of parasites in your brain influencing your behavior to like cats more?
But in all seriousness i do not consider this such a mystery. A cat requires no real expenditure of time, maintenance or even love. A cat can easily get away from us and even survive relatively well if it goes feral ( compared to a dog) and yet will happily stick around if you give it nothing else but food everyday. Kind of like a prostitute(or gold digger) who can easily leave and yet will 'love you long time' simply for paying her to stick around.
Now compare that to the expenditure of time, effort and maintenance of raising a well balanced dog. Yes it is posisible to raise a dog by giving it nothing else but food and water. But that dog would be a terror and entirely untrustworthy around people. So the amazing part is not that cats are more popular than dogs but that dogs, which require so much more time effort and money, are virtually as popular as cats.
And likening the dog human relationship to the slave slave-owner relationship is not really accurate. It would be more accurate to liken it to the child parent relationship(I am not saying we should treat dogs just like human children). Just like human children, dogs are too born with a hardwired desire to trust, please, obey and form strong relationships with its caregiver. Even if its caregivers abuse it terribly. '"if you accidentally hurt a dog - the dog apologizes to you" - It is also very common for human children to blame themselves for the abuse their parents heap upon them. Which is nothing like the slave slave-owner relationship. While a slave may apologize if you accidentally hurt them, it is not because they have any desire to do so but because they would be hurt far worse if they did not. This would be like if a dog only apologized to you after you stood on its paw because if it did not it knew you would bring out a whip. In the same way a slave has no real desire to please its owner, but only really does so because they have no better choices.
Interestingly, a few days ago I saw a nature show on TV about cats and why they the #1 pet (dogs are just behind in numbers). It said that it's easy to understand why mankind adopted dogs as pets since dogs proved useful in so many ways. But cats. Sure they kill vermin, but it has to be more than that. That doesn't explain the emotional attachment we have to an animal that, compared to dogs, really doesn't try too hard to befriend us. I think there may be some pheromones involved.
I always say that having a dog is somewhat like owning a slave of the house nigga variety ("Yeah, Massa, what you wan' me to do now?") whereas a cat is more of a roommate that is a pleasure sometimes but can be hard to get along with sometimes.
There is also a fair bit of research on how they effect human behavior. Which makes sense as our neurochemistry is not all that different from a rats.
Not to mention inside cats are less likely to pick up and infect you with toxoplasma gondii.Which is the most common parasitic infection in humans. It is a charming little parasite that lives in the brain and has been linked to an increased likelihood of mental health issues like schizophrenia, Alzheimer, Parkinson and OCD , it has also been linked to a host of other subtle personality changes and decreased reaction times with a subsequent 3 fold increase in car accidents.
When it infects rats it makes them more attracted to cats, especially their smell ,and there is some evidence to show it can cause similar behavior in humans. So not only do cats worm their way into your heart but they often also infect you with a brain parasite to like cats more.
Makes you wonder how much of your love for cats may come from a little worm in your brain telling you to like cats.
It's an ebook. It'll be available on the Kindle and Nook sites and a couple others.
Anyway, back to your situation. A lot of people believe that cats should stay indoors both to protect the native species from an invasive species and for their own protection from cars, dogs, etc.
My daughter had a cat which we let outdoors, but we lived up against a wood which is where she mostly went. However, she did wander in neighbor's yards and out into the street (a quiet cul-de-sac) where she got into a fight with a BIG tom on one occasion. This tom was practically a bobcat with paws as big around as an American silver dollar (I think you Aussies have a similar large coin). She was getting the worst of it when my daughter went to break it up and then she got the worst of it. I'm telling you that so you don't feel I'm judging you.
I let Squeaky out on the balcony which has its own dangers. She likes to walk around on the narrow railing six floors up. I think some people are too strict. I want Squeaky to be a cat as much as I can let her be one, not just a living plush toy. She gets fresh air and might even catch a bird someday since I do put wild bird seed out, especially now that winter is setting in.
If you read my book, what name were you using then? Or...how did you get a copy of the book?
The book is being published shortly by 21bookseries.com. Here I'm Unseen (as much a character as a real person). The book is more the real everyday me. Did you read the last chapter about euthanization?
Daylight Saving Time is here (a local weatherman made sure to say that there's no "s" on the end of "Saving," so now you know).
Squeaky did not get the memo about DST I guess, because about an hour earlier than usual (by the clock) she was tapping my face with her paw. "Aren't you forgetting something? Isn't it time to get up? Wake up! Wake up! I want my breakfast!"
I think some cats are just that way. Squeaky keeps my arms covered with little bite and scratch marks. She loves being held but hates when I have to put her down. She lets me know that's not what she wants by taking a parting shot at my arm. I'm sure it'll get better, but she may never mellow out entirely. Here's one tip, though. Cats can frequently become fascinated with CD/DVD drive doors that slide in and out. Also, many cats go nuts when you print something out on your computer printer. Often I can reach my remote for the CD/DVD or print a sheet out and Squeaky will jump off my lap to investigate.
I'm new, but this is Katie. She's just a baby. I've had her for about a month. She's about 12 weeks old now, but she was younger when this picture was taken. She's biting and scratching during play way more than any of my other babies ever have. Anyone know anything that could help that? We've been playing with her for hours every day trying to get her well exercised, but she's still pretty aggressive. I don't think it's because she's upset or anything. I think she's just playing. Anyways, she's still a total sweetheart and I thought I would share the cuteness :)
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