A new study suggests cats can manipulate their owners with the tone of their purr.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A new study suggests that household cats exert control over their owners using their purr. As reported by LiveScience, felines are said to use a high-pitch meow when they want to be fed, which humans often react to.
Karen McComb of the University of Sussex is quoted in the report as stating, “The embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response… Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom.”
McComb is further quoted as stating of the purr, “…we think that cats learn to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans.”
More about the study may be found in the July 14 publication of the Current Biology journal.
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