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32 TulsaPets
March/April 2014
blues and yellows, and what they see
appears washed out by comparison.
“What cats may lack in color per-
ception and focus compared to humans,
they make up for with the ability
to sense movement in darkness, a
larger field of vision (200 degrees
compared to our 180 degrees) and
greater peripheral vision (30 degrees
on each side compared to our 20),”
PawNation writes.
Cats Domesticated 5,000 Years Ago
Researchers have discovered what
they believe to be the earliest evidence
of cat domestication unearthed from a
Chinese village, dating back to the
Stone Age. Bones, appearing to be
more than 5,000 years old, found in
the Central China village demon-
strated a close interaction between
cats and the people of the area. It’s
believed they were the pets of farmers.
Yes, Your Cat Is Ignoring You… But He Still
Loves You
A University of Tokyo study con-
firmed that cats understand us when
we call but choose to ignore us most of
the time. The study published in
Animal Cognition observed 20 cats for
eight months, responding to a series of
audio recordings of five people calling
each cat's name.
“Very few of the cats could muster
up the gumption to respond at all
to being called,” PawNation reports.
“Interestingly, the cats did display
stronger responses when hearing their
owners' voices, which indicates they
do recognize the difference and per-
haps have special relationships with
their owners, but they still didn't
bother moving either way.”
The researchers commented in their
study that the “cat-owner relationship
is in direct contrast to that with dogs.”
The saying is true that cats are
not small dogs, Grogan says. “Their
solitary nature sometimes makes
them seem stand-offish, but many cat
owners will tell you of the great
affection that their feline friends
demonstrate. It’s easy for us to anthro-
pomorphize the way that our cats or
dogs interact, but by learning from
behaviorists how they see their world,
we can really appreciate the wonder
that is the cat.”
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