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Author Topic: From the BBC science desk: Cats 'exploit' humans by purring  (Read 2953 times)
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« on: July 14, 2009, 01:20:57 PM »

At last! The Truth can finally be told!  Grin Wink

Link to story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...cience/nature/8147566.stm

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Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food.

Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a "cry", with a similar frequency to a human baby's.

The team said cats have "tapped into" a human bias - producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore.



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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 02:01:09 PM »

I am not surprised.  I have always been suspicious of Mouser.  tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 03:31:56 PM »

it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans.


...well...I think it's clear since a very long time (remember Egyptian) that cats have mastered ALL possible ways to totally manipulate humans !!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 09:46:21 PM »

Oh, not my owner cat. She would never manipulate me.
She makes this sound once in a while; but it's not annoying, it's...like a lullaby... Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 07:59:06 AM »

Microsoft will release a patch on tuesday for this latest exploit affecting windows owners.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 08:43:49 AM »

Microsoft will release a patch on tuesday for this latest exploit affecting windows owners.

Cat owners using Mac OS or Linux are unaffected, I presume Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 09:17:28 AM »

Yes they're advising any windows cat owners to mute the sound until then.
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009, 02:02:58 PM »

Microsoft will release a patch on tuesday for this latest exploit affecting windows owners.

Cat owners using Mac OS or Linux are unaffected, I presume Grin

Well...most versions of Linux are.

But that's more thanks to the fact that Pulse Audio delivers such poor sound quality, assuming you can get it to work at all. All those sub and harmonic overtones just get distorted to the point that The Cat Wave no longer effects humans.
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It's my understanding that there has been some discussion as to whether or not this should be viewed as a "feature."
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 06:20:18 AM »

Once again proving that we are not the smartest animals on this planet.
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