Giz Asks Giz Asks is a Gizmodo series where we ask questions about everything from space to butts, and get answers from a variety of experts. Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats—or at least some cats, some of the time—can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me. Which it very well might not. But if it did, wouldn’t you want to know? To make sure you’re not living a lie, for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of cat experts to figure out whether or not your cat really does hate you. As it turns out, it might simply just be living in mortal fear of you. Or you might just be sad and insecure and using your cat’s totally neutral facial expression as a way to feel bad about yourself. Or—the science is not totally there on this—it might actually just full-on think you suck. Regardless, our experts provided plenty of ways to improve even emotionally healthy human-cat relationships. Mikel Maria Delgado Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, cat behavior consultant at Feline Minds and co-author of Total Cat Mojo For whatever reason, people seem really obsessed with projecting their own anxieties about their relationship with their cat onto the cats themselves. Maybe that’s because they’re comparing cats do dogs. Cats… [Read full story]
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