Cats have a reputation for ignoring their guardians, but a recent study found that cats do actually pay attention to their owners, distinguishing them from all other people. NBC News reported that the study, which will be published in the July issue of Animal Cognition, is one of the few to examine the cat/human social dynamic from the feline’s perspective. Cats may not do what we tell them to, but they usually adore their human caretakers. Co-author Atsuko Saito of The University of Tokyo explained to Discovery News that dogs have evolved, and are bred, “to follow their owner’s orders, but cats have not been. So sometimes cats appear aloof, but they have special relationships with their owners.” For more on the study, visit NBC News Science.
Did you know that cats can serve as seeing eye service animals? When Robert Sollars of Mesa, Arizona went blind in 2003, Sollars’ cat, Admiral K’reme, became his seeing-eye cat, helping his owner adjust to his new life. Halo Purely For Pets reports on their blog that Admiral established himself as Sollars’ “Guardian Kitty,” guiding him around the house and helping him navigate. The Admiral would watch and anticipate where Sollars was headed “just like a good wide receiver would,” Sollars chuckles. Then, the cat would run to the anticipated spot and meow until Sollars found his way. Read the full story on Halo’s website.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we explained non-recognition aggression in cats, on Tuesday, we told you how your cat could become a video star, on Wednesday, we provided important information on emergency preparedness for your cat, and on Friday, we reviewed The Cat’s Cradle, the latest in the Dixie Hemingway cat sitter series. And don’t forget to enter our giveaways for a $75 shopping spree from Entirely Pets, and an autographed copy of The Cat’s Cradle.
Today’s video comes to us from our friends at Glogirly. Appropriately titled “Air Waffles,” it shows the crazy orange kitten’s antics off to purr-fection!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of cat from NBC News Science website, photo of Admiral from Halo website