Why We Think Cats Are Psychopaths / Why We Love Dogs

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.

Categories: Misc

2 replies

  1. Haven’t read the articles yet but I will. I have read lots of other articles. And having 4 dogs and 12 cats, I have a lot of observation put in. Cats aren’t psychopaths. Their motivations are different than dogs, and they are far less domesticated. From my understanding and observation, once a dogs bonds with a human, the dog wants to please the human. Cats can bond with a human, but the relationship is more cat owns human as opposed to human owns dog.

    The reason we have 4 dogs is because my wife is a pet sitter, dog walker, and dog trainer. We have 12 cats because in most cases, they adopted us as kittens.

  2. Just read this line “bullying other pets, taking over the dog’s bed, and waiting on the kitchen counter to pounce on unsuspecting family members”. Yup, our cats do that. You know what it reminds me of? Toddlers. I watch my grandkids do much the same thing.

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