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Posted: October 30, 2015

Cats are awesome and here's why

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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National Cat Day has come and gone, but your cat is no less awesome.

Or, if you're not a cat person, it's not too late to become one. After all, Popular Science has spoken to cat researcher John Bradshaw about why hating cats is actually not worth the negative effort.

For one, unlike a child or a dog, cats are content with being on their own, separated from their owners (or guardians). "Your cat's a mingler, an explorer," the website says.

Yet that doesn't make a cat any less affectionate. When a cat rubs itself against a human or another feline, it is not to mark its territory with its scent as is popularly believed.

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Bradshaw says this action is a social action and should be interpreted warmly.

As for cats hating human touch? That survey was conducted in Brazil where house cats are less common than small dogs, according to PopSci.

And while it may have ferocious-looking fangs and sharp claws, your house cat is probably a clumsy hunter at best, Bradshaw says.

Cat owners may be programmed to love their feline friends more because of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, according to PopSci. As it turns out, though, the parasite is more effective at controlling thoughts of women than men.

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