22 Jul Cats Uncovered
Cats have always been a bit of a mystery and source of fascination to the human species. They all have their own unique personalities yet they all have enough in common that we can make relatable memes about them.
Cats seem to be very self-centred, caring only for themselves and seeing their humans more as slaves than masters. In fact, it is believed that cats were never domesticated but domesticated themselves, indicating that the only reason they get along with us is that they choose to. Their aloofness gives them the reputation of vindictiveness and we have a meme that perfectly encapsulates that sentiment: “Study finds that cats do not spread COVID-19 but would if given the option.” Despite their apparent arrogance and lack of concern for other species we still, for many reasons, love them to bits and would protect them from harm.
Cats are the ultimate predators as any cat owner getting their third gift of a dead mouse this month can attest too. Their deadliness isn’t the only reason we keep them though, for they have a common thread of behaviours that we find utterly comical. The popular meme “if I fits I sits” shows how their tendency to sit inside any shaped object is amusing to us. Their love of string, lasers and cat-nip are well-known behaviours often referenced in many cat-themed shows. Perhaps it’s their small stature or their entertaining unpredictability that makes us see their faults as endearing more than damaging.
We love cats so much in fact that we will go out of our way to protect them. “Rule zero” for the Internet is “don’t F with cats”. Doing so will unleash a torrent of hate towards you, having thousands of people determined to find you and bring you to justice. There was even a documentary made about this phenomena with the title Don’t F*ck With Cats. There’s a reason why serial killers hurt cats as kids in many moves because only the evilest and broken of people would do such a terrible thing.
Despite being such fascinating creatures that we selflessly protect, despite existing in households all over the world, and despite having been worshipped in ancient Egypt we still don’t know all that much about housecats. For example, the identifying sound for cats in every children’s book is the meow, but cats don’t meow to each other, only to humans. Why is that? Why, despite being well-fed, do cats still go about hunting every small creature they come across? What were cats like before they decided to team up with us thousands of years ago?
The team of researchers in Cats Uncovered attempt to find the answers to these questions and many more using GPS trackers and mounting cameras on cats to track their movements and behaviours when we’re not around.
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