False Things You’ve Been Believing About Cats

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Let’s face it: a cat’s cuteness factor helps
it get away with a lot. Sure, you’d probably prefer it if a furry
paw didn’t knock everything off the table, but it’s hard stay mad at your adorable, curious
little housemate. As close as you and your kitty are, there
are a ton of common myths out there about cats that aren’t true. Everyone has an opinion, and some people believe
cats should be kept as their ancestors were, allowed to roam outside, kill small animals,
and potentially die a horrible death. Keeping a cat indoors is cruel, they say. Well… they’re wrong. According to feline behaviorist Jane Ehrlich
pet cats should 100 percent be kept inside. Indoor cats aren’t at risk of being hit by
a car, being snatched by a predator, getting trapped somewhere, or being exposed to something
that will make them sick. They’re also going to be more well-adjusted,
psychologically speaking, because they’re not always on edge and looking for danger
around every corner. As long as indoor cats have access to toys,
cat trees, places they can climb and hide, and a safe, interactive environment, they’ll
live not just long lives, but happy ones. If you’ve come home to an empty food dish
and a yowling cat, you know you’re only good for one thing, opening the cat food. But a study from Oregon State University tried
to find out what cats prefer most in their lives. According to Science Direct, they took two
groups of cats, pet cats and cats from shelters, and presented them with options of food, socializing
with a human, or playing with a toy. By the end of the tests, they found the majority
of cats would opt for attention from the human, even over some tasty food. Toys and scent stimuli didn’t even stand a
chance, and while there were differences between individual cats, there wasn’t a statistical
difference between the pet cats and the shelter cats. Consider this next time your cat gets mouthy
when you come home, he may just be mad you were gone so long. Talk to a cat person, and they’ll insist cats
are smarter. Talk to a dog person, and it’s canine brilliance
that’ll be touted. Both are wrong, and here’s why. The first part of the answer is simply that
we don’t know how smart cats are because, well, they’re cats. One of the world’s foremost experts in animal
cognition laughed when Slate asked him if he’d worked with cats; it was easier to work
with fish, he said. Cats are just programmed differently. They described dogs as being tuned to a single
frequency or channel all the time, while cats are channel surfers. Not smarter, not dumber, just different in
a way we don’t understand yet. According to the BBC, Researchers from Kyoto
University took some major steps in deciphering cat thoughts in 2017. When they tested cats, dogs, and their capacity
for memory, they found both animals performed equally well. If you’ve ever left for work in the morning
and come home to find your cat in the exact same spot, you’d probably see that as proof
cats are lazy. They’re not. While it’s true they appear to be sleeping
for as much as 16 hours a day, Cat Behavior Associates say they usually aren’t really
sleeping. Most of the snooze time is spent in a sort
of doze, where all the senses are still alert and listening for prey, predators, or the
crinkle-crinkle of a treat bag. They’re not exactly on high alert, but could
still respond quickly if something interesting happens nearby. According to VetStreet, there’s a biological
reason little Mittens needs so much downtime: diet. Cats are meat-eaters, and long periods of
rest or near-rest help their digestive systems handle all that protein. Researchers have been trying to unlock the
secrets of cat communication for a long time, but not surprisingly, cats don’t like to cooperate. According to the BBC, it’s only fairly recently
they learned where the purr originates, a neural oscillator tucked away in the depths
of the cat brain. One feline psychology researcher found that
different cats purr differently under different circumstances. Sure, they purr when they’re happy and content,
but they also purr when they’re alone or with other cats. Other cat psychologists suggest it’s not an
involuntary reaction, but a type of communication that starts when they’re kittens. Purring helps them tell Mom they’re hungry,
and that probably has something to do with why many purr when their human parents feed
them. There are a ton of theories about the different
kinds of cat purrs, including a nifty one about a purr that resonates at the same frequency
bones heal. The theory is that when kitty curls up with
someone who has a headache or injury and starts purring away, they might be trying to help.

 

64 Responses

  1. Molly Fanton

    January 26, 2019 3:12 pm

    My cat was an indoor and outdoor cat and she lived until she was 17 years old. She never got near the road until she died. She was going blind and went in the road.

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  2. Daisy Chains2.0

    January 26, 2019 3:21 pm

    Another edgy, Hard hitting story Grunge! Thank God someone enlightened us to this before we expired as a species…😾😾😾

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  3. MuseZackXX86

    January 26, 2019 3:34 pm

    Fuck cats dogs are better and smarter. Dogs literally understand commands, facial patterns, and moods of humans. Cats cant.

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  4. Random Gamer

    January 26, 2019 3:56 pm

    Missed the best one..
    When they paw at you while you're sleeping and you wake up smiling because it's so cute..
    No. They're actually checking to see if you're dead so they can eat you.
    😀

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  5. A Public Forum for Discussion

    January 26, 2019 4:02 pm

    cats need to go outside. dont listen to this bunk. just dont give them saucers of milk

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  6. Walkin' Tall

    January 26, 2019 4:26 pm

    My pet cat is OUTSIDE, he has been given meds/shots so he "doesnt get diseases" (like you said outside cats do), he even looks before crossing a road!! Hes extremely smart AND kills things snd leaves them on my step as presents!!
    I once had an inside cat but she SUCKED at killing mice. :-/
    Ive always prefered cats over dogs. And while keeping one inside is great if thats what the owner wants, you shouldnt be so negative about us that choose to let our cats stay outside.
    Also…cats ARE more nocturnal (which is why they lay around during the day, and roam at night, keeping them inside throws off their natural rhythm), its in their NATURE to roam and hunt!! So you are depriving them of that by keeping them inside.

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  7. C Riley

    January 26, 2019 4:46 pm

    Cats are so much smarter than dogs. They just dont have the instinct to please us like dogs do. A cat can figure semi complex problems out itself, a dog must be trained.

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  8. Kendall L. Buchanan

    January 26, 2019 5:00 pm

    I'm so tired of people saying cats should be inside. They need to live out their instincts. Exposure to germs and stress is normal. Humans are more at risk driving around and getting stress, but you don't see us staying inside forever.

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  9. nakea simone

    January 26, 2019 5:05 pm

    Human: “Aww, come here kitty kitty, let me love on you”
    Cat: “Screw you human you don’t control me! I’m not an attention starved dog, I will come to you when I damn well ready!” 😂

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  10. Fintan

    January 26, 2019 5:21 pm

    The thing they missed about being an indoor🐈 , space is a big deal. What is said was true, if you don't live in a small apartment.

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  11. Mike Andrews

    January 26, 2019 6:15 pm

    Keep them indoors? Like you idiot SJWs sheltering your kids and turning them into Democrats? No thank you!

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  12. Gillian Gill

    January 26, 2019 9:10 pm

    Ummm… Maybe people should stay indoors too, so we're not knocked down by a car, or have some sort of accident… 😒
    Ridiculous – both humans and cats only have one life, so it's best to live life to the full. No point locking yourself or your cat indoors for a lifetime just in case something bad happens – that's not living, that's barely existing…

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  13. moon glow

    January 27, 2019 12:15 am

    I love cats!! Everyone should go to their KILL SHELTER, and adopt a fluffy feline!! You'll have a loyal and loving companion for Life!! You will never regret it. Thanks for the great video, Grunge!!!

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  14. John Thacker

    January 27, 2019 12:31 am

    It's also true that cats purr when they are in
    pain. I witnessed a cat giving birth and she
    was purring.

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  15. galadis123

    January 27, 2019 1:04 am

    i think you guys should have clarified that forcing a cat that grew up for a good amount of time outdoors and then forcing them to be an indoor cat, IS cruel.

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  16. Ken W

    January 27, 2019 2:20 am

    A pet cat knows that it can be dangerous to go outside, but they still want to, so videos like this should stop telling their owner's what to do. In fact, it can be dangerous for anything to go outside, including Humans, but they still do it too. Other pets want to do this too, so they can also maintain good physical and mental health, but for various reasons can't.

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  17. Sterling Crockett

    January 27, 2019 5:08 am

    I have two young cats, and it's funny how different they purr. Edward, a five month old orange boy, purrs extremely loudly at pretty much the drop of a hat. Just look at him from across the house and within two seconds he can be heard. By contrast, Aurora, at a year and a half, rarely purrs even when she's content. She will come seek me out and start wallowing all over me, pushing her head into my hands , but not a purr to be heard or felt. Sometimes she does purr, but it's almost always a very soft rumble that I feel rather than hear. It's just their wildly different personalities. Edward loves to play in boxes, but Aurora won't go near them. She loves high places though, while Edward clumsily falls off of them. Cats have their own personalities and their own preferences, just like people except that I don't dislike most of them. I don't believe that cats are pets. They're more like small, furry roommates that occasionally break things, but that's because they don't have thumbs and can't hold on to them. It's always good to come home to them, and I love having them in my life.

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  18. Oldenweery

    January 27, 2019 8:16 am

    One of the things I always loved about my cat friends was the fact that a cat can help you take a nap. I've heard and read that cats and dogs can help people's blood pressure and sooth their nerves and it's quite true, but having that warm bundle of fur on my lap, purring contentedly, would usually calm me down to making my own buzzing noises.

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  19. sadie garcia

    February 1, 2019 7:10 am

    I had a Siamese Cat named Pyewacket. She had a distinguish meow and purr. I miss her dearly because she seemed to be protective over me.

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