According to recent research, there are around 85 million cats living in American households. While many people love their feline friends, there is some debate over whether close relationships with cats are healthy for humans.
African Wild Cats: DNA analysis suggests that the domesticated cat's ancestor was the African wildcat, Felis silvestris lybica, which thrived in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, and Persia. Cats were domesticated because they fed on rodents that destroyed cereals and followed humans as they moved from area to area.
According to research, there are at least 13 feline genes related to cognition and behavior, strengthening cats' ability to learn based on food rewards and become less fearful of people.
Emotional Peeps Love Felines More: Dr. Patricia Pendry of Washington State University has researched human-animal interactions, finding that highly emotional people tend to form especially strong bonds with their cats. Cats' discriminating behavior may be irresistible to humans, as the subtle and unpredictable responses cats give us can give the perception that we are chosen.
Humans Love Cats Because: Some research suggests that humans instinctively find cats cute due to features they share with human babies, such as large eyes and playful behavior, which have evolved to ensure we care for our young. Moreover, cats'comedic prowess, especially in kittens, invests unbridled energy into their play, making them entertainingly ridiculous.
Cats are Intelligent: While cats have an undeserved reputation for being mysterious and aloof, they do express their feelings in subtle ways. Cats may use bunting, which is head-bumping outstretched fingers or a pant leg, to mark humans with their pheromones and gather olfactory intel regarding their interactions with other animals.
Pawed Friends are Stress Relievers: Cats can also purr when they are content or feeling unwell, indicating their mood. Additionally, research suggests that owning a cat can have a positive effect on human health, such as reducing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
In conclusion, while there is some debate over the healthiness of close relationships between humans and cats, cats' subtle and unpredictable behavior, cuteness, comedic prowess, and ability to express their feelings in subtle ways can make them irresistible to their human counterparts.
Moreover, research suggests that owning a cat can have a positive impact on human health, making them valuable companions in many American households.