Fundamentally cats and people like the same things. Here’s a little snippet of information which tells us that we are like cats in many ways.
We know that cats rub themselves against us and objects in our home to deposit scent on those objects to make the place more friendly. When they rub against us they exchange their scent with ours. From the cat’s perspective this makes the place more friendly. It makes it his place, a place where he feels more comfortable. Exchanging sent with us creates a soothing sense of community for a cat.
Turning to humans, a recent study published in an online scientific journal, PLOS One, found that “people tended to feel more comfortable with those they considered normal or average” (Molly Babel professor of linguistics). People prefer voices that are similar to their own and more importantly, for men, the study concluded that men who use long words are not as popular as those who use short words.
This is because people who use long words are more unusual and people like other people to be usual and average for the obvious reason that for an average person the other person is more in tune with them and less threatening.
It appears that people who are friendly with each other sound like each other in their style of speech, tone of voice, accent and in the length of the words that they use.
This is all because people are looking for a community where they belong, a group of people with which they feel comfortable and at home.
I believe the desire for a person to be part of a community in which he/she feels comfortable is very similar, perhaps identical, to the desire of a cat to make his or her home more friendly.
The cat achieves this through depositing scent and using his nose to smell that scent whereas the human achieves it through language, the voice and hearing. Other than that the objectives are identical.
If people had a sense of smell equal to that of the cat I wonder whether they would also use their nose more often to find and create a soothing sense of community.
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