Mar 30, A big part of cats' lives are spent around their human owners, yet other in their vocalisations, implying that their relationships with humans. Dec 4, Cats and their human devotees are a misunderstood bunch. This I learned when I wrote “Why cats never became man's best friend” explaining. Sep 17, Ibhahim's first post, Why Do Cats Meow at Humans, can be found here. But cats do actually show love and affection to their humans.
Foreign Less slender than the oriental type, but nevertheless a cat with a slight build and generally athletic look. Typical example breeds would be the Abyssinian cat and the Turkish Angora. Semi-Foreign More or less the middle range of body conformation types, this type of cat is less slender without being stocky. Example breeds would be the Devon Rex and the Egyptian Mau. Semi-Cobby These cats look more rounded without looking too stocky. Example breeds would be the American Shorthair and British Shorthair.
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Cobby Any cat with a short, muscular, compact build, roundish eyes, short nose, and small ears. Persian cats and Exotic cats are two prime examples of such a body type. Effects on human health[ edit ] Because of their small size, domesticated house cats pose little physical danger to adult humans. However, in the USA cats inflict aboutbites per year.
This number represents about one in ten of all animal bites. According to a Swiss study carried out incats may change the overall psychological state of their owner as their company's effect appears to be comparable to that of a human partner.
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Therapy cats have been used as companions to help the recovery and well-being of people who have had strokes,  high blood pressure  anxiety  or depression. Cats, like humans, keep their muscles trim and their body flexible by stretching. Additionally, such periodic scratching serves to clean and sharpen their claws. Commercial scratching posts typically are covered in carpeting or upholstery. Using a plain wooden surface, or reversing the carpeting on the posts so that the rougher texture of the carpet backing, may be a more attractive alternative to the cat than the floor covering.
My other problems with this study stem from my own human-cat relationship. My kitty, Sabrina, is a year-old tortie, and she wouldn't fit neatly into this study. She is a very different cat with me friendly and cuddly, though she refused to pose for a photo for this post versus people she has met before friendly but often standoffish versus strangers where did she go?
And I suspect other cats may be the same. Any study in which you place total strangers into the animal's home environment is going to produce some abnormal behavior, and judging a cat on that behavior only is probably unfair to the cat.
Furthermore, some of the tests of the cats' behavior may not have given an accurate accounting of the cats' personality. For example, they tested the cats' response to a novel object, a plush owlet left on the floor.
Many cats, like Sabrina, ignore most anything simply lying on the floor perhaps they are used to messy housekeeping but are happy to pounce on on object suspended just an inch above. And there are some cats, like my own, that do not enjoy the sensation of being picked up would you? If I were to do this study, I would use a much bigger sample size, add more behavioral tests and have the human in each study pair repeat the tests without the researchers present but in front of a camera.
All that said, the researchers deserve some credit for being the first to attempt to tackle the complex personality dynamics within cat-human relationship.