Cats Are Just as Disloyal as You Suspected, New Study Suggests

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New research points to an important distinction between cats and dogs when it comes to reading certain social cues. It found that cats, unlike dogs, won’t necessarily avoid people who have wronged their owners.

In 2015, a group of researchers in Japan published a study looking at how dogs would respond to people who had recently treated their owners poorly. They had the dogs see a situation in which a third party would either help the owner move junk after being asked to or turn their back on them. As a control,

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‘Angry’ Cat Attacks Pilot, Forcing Plane to Make Emergency Landing

A cat apparently went on a rampage in the cockpit of a plane that was headed to Qatar recently. The feline was so disruptive that the pilot actually decided to turn the plane around and abandoning the flight’s scheduled route, according to a report in the Sudanese newspaper Al-Sundai.

A Tarco Airlines Boeing 737 was already 30 minutes into its flight from Khartoum, Sudan, to Qatar’s capital city of Doha when the cat suddenly emerged in the cockpit, according to the February 25 report. Likely alarmed by its unfamiliar surroundings and people, the cat instantly went on the offensive,

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The Reason Cats Like to Sleep at the Foot of Your Bed

From nestling inside of bathroom sinks to weaving their way through your legs while you’re trying to walk, cats don’t seem to mind violating your personal space. This is especially true of owners who find themselves unable to stretch their legs at night because their cat is occupying what appears to be the entire space available at the foot of the bed.

Cats are not considerate creatures, but that’s not the only reason they do this.

According to the pet explainer site Vets Explain Pets, cats have a tendency to remain in close physical proximity with a care provider.

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Gifts For Readers Who Love Books and Cats

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If you fall squarely in the center of the Venn Diagram of “loves books” and “loves cats,” you’ve come to the right place. There’s something about the connection of cats and books that runs a thread through history and continues to be seen through contemporary times. Perhaps it’s that cats are solitary creatures or that they’re likely to find themselves curled up in a wide array of spaces for their own leisure. Or maybe it’s that the sweet purr of a cat in

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Cat attacks pilot on flight to Qatar, forces plane to divert back to airport

Breaching an airplane’s cockpit is definitely a feline-y offense.

A flight leaving from Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum was forced to return to the airport last week after a cat reportedly attacked the pilot of the plane.

The flight, operated by Tarco Aviation, was headed to Doha, the capital of Qatar, when the incident took place, reports Sudan’s Al-Sudani news. A source for the outlet claims the plane had been in the air for approximately 90 minutes before it was forced to turn back to Khartoum International Airport.


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Cats are too socially inept to be loyal

In the cat world, there’s a saying that you should keep your humans’ friends close and your humans’ enemies … just as close. That’s the takeaway of a new study that shows that cats, unlike dogs, will gladly accept food from people who are not nice to their owners. 

While dog lovers may rejoice at the chance for another study suggesting dogs are more loyal than cats, the conclusion is not that simple. It might not be that cats are disloyal; rather, they may be too socially clueless to understand when someone is not being nice to their owners,

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