A Netflix documentary released last week seeks to unravel the mysteries of domesticated cats and offers insight as to what the furry little felines might be thinking and feeling.
The documentary, called “Inside The Mind Of A Cat,” explores the abiding love that most humans have for many animals and reveals the signs given by cats that represent the type of love and trust that is generally more overtly demonstrated by canine pets, the Daily Mail reported.
Dr. Wailani Sung, a behaviorist at the San Francisco University, stressed the importance of establishing trust from the beginning.
“A hand coming down from above may frighten them as their primal instinct tells them to be wary of predators from above,” she explained. “When a cat starts to like you, they will nuzzle into you. A sign of love and trust is when a cat does a slow blink, and if you do it back – it’s like smiling at each other.”
(Video: Daily Mail)
The film described how cats make different sounds in different situations, and suggests that cats meow around humans because they know it will elicit a response. Felines “meow more around humans than they do other cats” the experts said, and they argue the species is one of only a few types of animals that has “domesticated itself.”
The film also hypothesizes that cats have adapted the frequency of purring to that of a baby crying in order to gain attention and care.
One “cat psychologist,” Dr. Kristyn Vitale, of Unity College, Maine, devised a simple to test to see if her pet cat would choose her over a stranger, and over time the animal did.
“This test has been replicated so many times, and it shows that cats do have a preference and a bond with their own owners,” she said.
Another test depicted in the documentary revealed the animal could recognize its own name and differentiate between that and other random words spoken aloud.
In addition to exploring the mind of felines, the documentary also explores the physical attributes of the animal, including the mystery of why cats always land on their feet when they fall or are dropped.
Evidently, cats are one of only a few animals in existence that use 100 percent of their muscles when they jump, which allows them to react faster than a human possibly could to completely turn around and right themselves while in mid-air.
They can also run up to 30 mph, according to the studies.
Experts contributing to the film say that since cats have always been regarded us much less trainable than dogs, much of the research concerning them is lagging behind by many years. However, they argue that cats can be trained just as well as dogs if the requisite amount of time and knowledge is involved.
Citing the famous Ukrainian super-trained cats named the Savitskys that appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018, the mother-daughter Svitlana and Maria, who own the talented cats said, “Yes they have their attitude, but cats can be trained to do anything, just like dogs, you just have to make friends with the kitty first – you have to connect and bond with them.”
See for yourself:
(Video: America’s Got Talent/YouTube)
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