it's a common belief that over time pet owners start to look like their animals. now comes the terrifying news that cats look up to their owners as role models and mimic their behavior。
next time you reach for that krispy kreme, think twice. if your cat is watching, she may be prone to overeating as well。
what is your cat's iq?
in a new study from the university of messina, it turns out that cats who live intimately with their owners (indoor cats that live in a small space) "mirror" the lives of their caregivers. they sleep at the same time, eat at the same time, and can even become more or less social depending on the behavior of their owners。
"cats are intelligent animals with a long memory," jane brunt, veterinarian and the executive director of the catalyst council, told discovery news. "they watch and learn from us, (noting) the patterns of our actions, as evidenced by knowing where their food is kept and what time to expect to be fed, how to open the cupboard door that's been improperly closed, and where their feeding and toileting areas are."
“猫是很聪明的动物，记忆力很强。” 简-布朗特对探索新闻网站的记者表示。布朗特小姐是名兽医，也是 catalyst council公司的执行董事。她说：“猫会观察人类并向人类学习。通过观察人们的行为模式，它们会知道食物放在哪里、什么时候可以吃饭、怎么打开不经意关闭的碗柜门，以及该在什么地方吃饭或便便。”
because cats mimic our habits, if you spend a lot of time raiding the fridge, your cat will return to its food bowl for that midnight snack, too. according to the study, this explains why "human and cat obesity rates often seem to match." so, if you felt guilty about leaving your precious kitty at home while you go to work, now you can feel even worse: you are making your cat fat!
there's no word if drinking green tea and making sure you go to yoga will benefit your cat, but based on the study, it sounds like sticking to a healthy eating and sleeping schedule is best for both of you。
there's a lot we can learn from our feline friends in return. "when they sit on our lap softly purring with rhythmic breathing and half-closed eyes, the sense of serenity and calm that comes over us is like a private lesson in inner peace and meditation," brant said. sure. but cats don't have to sit in rush hour traffic for an hour a day or worry about their in-laws. they're probably pretty good at remaining calm。
so, according to science, even though we assumed that cats were aloof jerks all these years, it turns out they are in fact learning from us and looking up to us. scary, huh?
the tale of a cat who sits faithfully waiting for its family to come back to the spot where it wasabandoned has captured the hearts of internet users.
the sad story was posted on vkontakte (russian facebook) by user ostap zadunayskly, wherehe compared the cat's plight to that of greyfriar's bobby, a skye terrier who spent 14 yearsguarding his owner's grave.
he first spotted the cat in belgorod, south-west russia, in summer 2015, and soon realisedthat it sits in exactly the same place every day.
ostap asked around and was told that the cat's owners used to live in the area but sold up andmoved out some time ago.
the story gets a bit over the top here; someone told him that they'd seen the cat running afterthe car when they drove off (not very cat-like behaviour) and that the cat has been waiting atthe same spot for them to return "for years" (sure).
locals have taken to feeding the cat, which might be a more credible explanation for why itstays put.
mr zadunayskiy said: "this is a great example of human meanness and true animal loyalty."
many internet commenters quoted from the book the little prince, written by antoine de saint-exupery, saying, "you become responsible forever for what you've tamed."
a south carolina police officer has become an internet sensation for rescuing an adorablekitten that he now takes on patrol with him.
cody garrett, 28, of spartanburg, offered to take the tiny kitten home with him after anotherofficer found the cat hiding under a trash dumpster to get out of the rain and brought her backto the police department.
he told abc news that he decided to take it upon himself to nurse the kitten back to healthbecause he already had a rescue cat named toothless at home who happens to be nursingthree kittens.
when the kitten met her 'adopted mom' for the first time, she went to the bathroom—earningher the name squirt.
'that's one of the only reasons i brought her home instead of taking her to the humanesociety,' he said of squirt. 'she needed a mom so it worked out.'
squirt is continuing to get stronger thanks to the support of her adoptive family, which includesher new mom, her siblings, and cody's two dogs.
cody garrett earned internet fame after sharing a photo of a kitten perched on his shoulderwhile he was in his squad car. more than 1,300 people liked the photo, with people from allaround the world singing his praises.