Shock horror – Your cat is manipulating you, say University of Sussex researchers.
Subjects were played recordings of purrs, judging recordings of sounds made when cats wanted food to be less pleasant and more urgent.
The crucial element, apparently, is a high-frequency element similar to a cry within the naturally low-frequency purr. This is believed to trigger our natural nurturing instinct.
Study leader Dr. Karen McComb was inspired by her own cat, whose insistent purr often wakes her up. She said, ”Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is likely to get cats ejected from the bedroom.”
“We think that cats learn to dramatically exaggerate it when it proves effective in generating a response from humans.”
Dr. McComb’s findings are published in journal Current Biology.
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