February 27th 2013 12:34 am
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Does anybody know how multiply difficult it can get to type on a laptop and see what you're doing when you have a cat plastered to your chest with its forepaws wrapped solidly around your neck, and its head is in front of your face obscuring your vision, and when you try to shift position or move the cat a few inches to the side, the cat gives a little meow of protest, stubbornly moves herself back to her preferred spot you just tried to displace her from, tightens her forepaws around your neck, gently butts her head against your neck, nuzzles your face, and purrs even more loudly?
While cats indisputably know how to get what they want and need from their humans, these are only feline elementary school level skills that even the tiniest kitten is able to accomplish, too ordinary to satisfy the vast majority of cats. So cats have elevated and honed their skills and abilities to manipulate humans to such a high level, that cats alone of all species, are masters at the art of manipulating their humans.
Despite my annoyance with having to move my head to the side to see my screen, despite my annoyance with having to correct the occasional typo that naturally results from movements caused by headbutts against my chin at the wrong times or the wriggling of the feline wedged between my arm and my body, despite my annoyance with having my face TICKLED with whiskers (another subtle exploit cats use to get their humans attention), Splat Cat still remains right where she wants to be. In spite of my annoyances, I find myself enjoying her being there. The predictable result is that Splat Cat gets her own way and has me liking it. This is the highest form of the art of manipulating their humans that cats are born masters of.
Our cats have even taken the art of manipulating us, their humans, beyond the level of just making us willing to do what our cats want and need us to do. With their arsenal of abilities and skills that almost every cat is blessed with at birth, our cats have succeeded to make their humans WANT and ENJOY doing what our cats want and/or need us to do! Our cats keep us lovingly enslaved as we happily meet our cats wants and needs.
In turn our cats give us so much that its almost impossible to tell whether its the cats or the humans who benefit most from this relationship between our two species. Our cats help to lower our stress levels. A cat's purr actually produces vibrations at frequencies that help with pain relief, bone and muscle growth, and wound healing. Owning a cat can dramatically reduce a person's chance of dying from heart disease and are 30 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack.
Our cats even add 7 or more years to the lives of us their human owners/surrogate "parents"/wiling slaves!
Now that Splat Cat has made her point about how good our feline masters are to us humans, she wriggles to snuggle herself even more firmly into the crook of my arm with her chest across my chest, purring loudly, with her paws wrapped tightly around my neck in one of her characteristic long hugs, with a trace of what looks like a smug self-satisfied smile on her face!
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Agreed in spades! Henry makes sure I eat, sleep well, and off to work in a good mood. He knows when I'm sad and how to make it better. He makes me laugh and I miss him when I'm away from him.
Yep cats sure know how to push our buttons!
So very, VERY true! I get mom to do what I want, when I want it and to enjoy doing it. See--just now I have her maintaining my web-page and being my PR rep!