When Becky Evans started studying cat-human relationships, she kept hearing, over and over again, about how cats are psychopaths.
On one hand, anyone who has looked into the curiously blank face of a catloaf knows exactly what that means. But also, exactly what does it mean to apply a human mental diagnosis to felines? We let these clawed creatures into our homes and our beds, but we still have trouble understanding them on anything but our own human terms… More here.
I love my cat, but she scares the crap out of me most of the time.
Cuddling with humans is an important part of canine domestication. Puppies snuggle to keep warm, but it’s not just about that. Research shows that cuddling is one way in which our dogs strengthen their bond with us. Plus, it’s a great stress reliever, increasing oxytocin levels in both dogs and humans. Research has shown that it is more important for dogs to bond with their owners than for other pets (sorry to the cat lovers out there). And even if your dog isn’t a cuddler, for whatever reason, it’s just comforting to have them around… More here.
I love my dog.