The Null Device

Our Furry Masters: A psychology researcher at Cornell University has found that domestic cats' meows have evolved to hook into human perception, and better communicate with (or manipulate) humans, over the millennia of domestication. Recordings of the calls of wild desert cats (believed to be closely related to domestic cats' wild ancestors) were found by test subjects to be harsher and less pleasant-sounding than those of domestic cats.
"I think cats have evolved to become better at managing and manipulating people."

(via Techdirt)

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Posted by: np Wed May 15 16:20:00 2002

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Posted by: acb Wed May 15 16:22:28 2002

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Posted by: np Thu May 16 11:44:03 2002

Maybe, thanks for reminding. Actually, I think it was only two times.

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Posted by: okiba Thu May 16 13:33:34 2002

Our cat has a wide range of meows -- and he is quite the master of manipulation...

As the adage goes -- dogs have owners, cats have staff.