…Even if they recognize you
This is not about any breakthrough discovery in the field of Nano science. I am sorry, but I really need to talk and give vent to my feelings. I thought there was something special, a deep connection, but now I only feel betrayed and used like a servant.
Being cheated by someone you are sharing an everyday routine with is tough, but it is heartbreaking when a scientific study predicts it.
Let’s start from the beginning: we have been living together for over eight months, every night she was falling asleep in my arms and she was always greeting me once back home after a long day at work. I was so sorry to leave her alone for the weekend and asked a friend of mine to visit her during those days to feed her and clean her litter. Yes, right, the litter.
Oh blimey! Didn’t I mention I am talking about my cat?
Anyway, during my absence my friend became a perfect substitute: she was saving him all the attentions she normally set aside for me, even if he was not calling her with her own name but only “Kitty”.
I was confused and I could not understand if she was polyamorous or if I was just like anyone else to her. After a week of eating ice cream, watching “Sex and the City” and listening to “Quit playing games with my heart” (I apologize, I was a teenager when this song was released, so it will always be my break up theme), I recall a study on cat behavior.
In the article, the scientists proof that cats do not evidently set aside special attentions to their owners when called, even though they were able to recognize a familiar voice. Twenty domestic cats simply moved their head or their ears when called by whomever, owners or strangers, but almost no cat replied, “saying something”. They tried with everything: official names, nicknames, etc. but cats never said a word. In addition, hearing the owners’ voice did not result in a marked behavior: the cat response was equal.
I know, I should have seen it coming, but I thought she was different and this relationship was worthy. I thought that science simply could not explain such a lovely feeling. Do you think that adding someone into our relation would prevent us from breaking up? Or maybe getting married would help?
I am looking forward to your advice!
Desperate Girl in Love
Saito A, & Shinozuka K (2013). Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus). Animal cognition, 16 (4), 685-90 PMID: 23525707
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vocal recognition, domestic cats, animal behavior, pet, polygamy