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Cat owners will know the feeling. Your pet is purring loudly, demanding to be fed, and isn't going to give up until it gets what it wants. What most doting owners won't realise is that the cat is using an acoustic ruse.

According to Karen McComb of the University of Sussex, UK, domestic cats hide a plaintive cry within their purrs that both irritates owners and appeals to their nurturing instincts.

link to the full article

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...y-mimicry.html
post #2 of 20
aww see now that doesn't irritate me I just find it cute Mind you, Mitz doesnt actually ''purr for food'', she patiently sits and waits.
post #3 of 20
We knew this all along...
now there is proof that our cats really do control us.

http://www.livescience.com/animals/090713-cats-cry.html
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...mansstudyfinds


Kind of Interesting.. My cat makes this High toned cry when he wants attention. But I don't mind being controled by my cat
post #5 of 20
It must be the time for studying pets. This one is good, too:
Dogs Get Gestures as Well as Toddlers
post #6 of 20
That dog study is fascinating Tricia.

I have never had a kitty, until Isis, who used the purr-cry.
Early one morning as I was sleeping, I heard that sound, leaped out of bed and ran to see if she was alright.
She was fine but wanted to eat...
I guess it works.
post #7 of 20
And this is a surprise how?
post #8 of 20
I guess it does !!
post #9 of 20
In my home, I had no doubt about it
post #10 of 20
Isis's purr/cry sounds very musical to me but when she uses it, I sure can't ignore it....
do any of your kitties purr/cry too?
post #11 of 20
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do any of your kitties purr/cry too?
Spanky does it the most, but Scarlett puts the best drama behind it. And yes, I respond to both of them.
post #12 of 20
Easy, Laura and Ducky purr cry. Kiko and Tino are not quiet about their wants, though
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Spanky does it the most, but Scarlett puts the best drama behind it. And yes, I respond to both of them.
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Easy, Laura and Ducky purr cry. Kiko and Tino are not quiet about their wants, though
Awwww....
we are helpless to resist our babies calls.
post #14 of 20
In other news, water is wet.
post #15 of 20
Hehehe, those scientists are a little behind, arn't they?
post #16 of 20
OMG do they ever control us....

I've got a kitten at the moment and he loves to purr-cry at 6am and wake me up!
post #17 of 20
Do my cats control me?? Hmmm, let me think about this for a moment....
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
Isis's purr/cry sounds very musical to me but when she uses it, I sure can't ignore it....
do any of your kitties purr/cry too?
I've only had one cat who didn't, and he lived in a feral colony for eight years before coming to live with us.
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In other news, water is wet.
Was a study done that confirmed water is wet?

It was really the purr/cry thing that interested me about this article....
I have lived with cats all of my life but had not experienced this sound before.
I hear it as almost a purr/trill that ends with a soft meow.
post #20 of 20
I have a whiner (Miss Kitty-5 months) and then a patient kitty who just sits and waits (Storm-10 months). When I say Miss Kitty whines I mean she meows in a whiney way until she gets what she wants...lol.

Heather
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