Monday, January 18, 2010

They Had to Do a Study to Find This Out?

Current Biology - The cry embedded within the purr: "Despite widespread interest in inter-specific communication, few studies have examined the abilities of companion animals to communicate with humans in what has become their natural environment — the human home [1,2]. Here we report how domestic cats make subtle use of one of their most characteristic vocalisations — purring — to solicit food from their human hosts, apparently exploiting sensory biases that humans have for providing care."

1 comment:

Todd Mason said...

Well, considering some "scientists" have been advocating Creation Science, that non-human animals feel no pain, and that domestic cats are the only felines that mew (apparently, they've never been around any wild felines, including adult tigers, who have been in a position of relative powerlessness and upset--they can and do mew piteously), yes, apparently the need for studies is endless.

wv: serceas