It's a common belief that over time pet owners start to look like their animals. Now comes the terrifying news that cats look up to their owners as role models and mimic their behavior.
Next time you reach for that Krispy Kreme, think twice. If your cat is watching, she may be prone to overeating as well.
What is your cat's IQ?
In a new study from the University of Messina, it turns out that cats who live intimately with their owners (indoor cats that live in a small space) "mirror" the lives of their caregivers. They sleep at the same time, eat at the same time, and can even become more or less social depending on the behavior of their owners.
"Cats are intelligent animals with a long memory," Jane Brunt, veterinarian and the executive director of the CATalyst Council, told Discovery News. "They watch and learn from us, (noting) the patterns of our actions, as evidenced by knowing where their food is kept and what time to expect to be fed, how to open the cupboard door that's been improperly closed, and where their feeding and toileting areas are."
“猫是很聪明的动物，记忆力很强。” 简-布朗特对探索新闻网站的记者表示。布朗特小姐是名兽医，也是 CATalyst Council公司的执行董事。她说：“猫会观察人类并向人类学习。通过观察人们的行为模式，它们会知道食物放在哪里、什么时候可以吃饭、怎么打开不经意关闭的碗柜门，以及该在什么地方吃饭或便便。”
There's a lot we can learn from our feline friends in return. "When they sit on our lap softly purring with rhythmic breathing and half-closed eyes, the sense of serenity and calm that comes over us is like a private lesson in inner peace and meditation," Brant said. Sure. But cats don't have to sit in rush hour traffic for an hour a day or worry about their in-laws. They're probably pretty good at remaining calm.
So, according to science, even though we assumed that cats were aloof jerks all these years, it turns out they are in fact learning from us and looking up to us.