9 reasons to hate cats!

They have nine lives it seems … Eight too many for some! Because if in France one in three households welcomes a cat (which makes more than 13 million cats in the country), one can wonder if this little feline really deserves the passion of which it is the object… Come on, here are 9 reasons not to love cats, at least as valid as the thousand reasons to adore them.

1 – Do not dream, the cat does not love you.

His displays of affection are deceptive; he purrs and curls up in your arms, he rubs against your leg and jumps to join you in bed… No, the cat is not man’s best friend. If this little feline left the wild life 9000 years ago, it is because he saw in man an excellent way to find warm shelter and unlimited food, all without effort. With the cat, it is the story of a cohabitation of interests. Territorial animal, it does not attach itself particularly to a master, whom it seems to consider rather as a distributor of kibble and a provider of comfort. Note that he survives your absence very well, unlike Medor who is depressed if he no longer sees you. Nothing in common with the dog, who finds security and joie de vivre in the presence of his master! When you measure a cat’s oxytocin (“love hormone”) level after playing with its favorite human, it barely climbs 12% while the dog’s level rises to 57%! And again, the rate is the same, whether your cat has played with you or with a complete stranger… In short, to be loved by a cat, it is better to ensure a good bowl; we know that he can change houses if he finds something better elsewhere.

2 – Yes, he recognizes his name… But he doesn’t care.

Impossible to recall a cat! If Minet is perfectly able to understand that you call him (it is proven by a Japanese study since 2013), on the other hand he does not pay any attention to it. Unless this call signals the time of a distribution of kibble, no cat deigns to change occupation solely on the call of its master … Unlike the dog, its happiness does not come from the relationship with a human. He often has better things to do.

3 – The cat is a manipulator

For millennia he has lived in the company of men, the cat has developed a specific language for them. Its different meows are only intended to claim a service. In about ten meows, he makes you understand most of his needs and generally obtains satisfaction. This perfectly utilitarian language is only useful with the human race; between them, cats do not meow, they use another mode of communication. Purring, which hardly exists in wild cats, is also used exclusively with humans. He knows how to meow and purr in a more or less serious or acute manner, so as to arouse pity, affection, rapidity of action, etc. The goal is always the same: to obtain immediate satisfaction.

4 – Domineering and impulsive like a lion

Its appearance of soft and sympathetic ball of hair makes us forget that the cat is above all a small feline. That is to say a real feline, but small in size. If he was big enough to present a danger, you might want to beware of him … A study from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 showed that the cat and the lion in captivity had the same character traits: suspicious, anxious, domineering, impulsive, angry. In other words, it is because it is small that the cat has made an ally of humans. Too small to feed on humans, they prefer to be fed by them! Besides, he doesn’t hesitate sometimes to attack you for no reason, just to remind you who is the dominant in this house… And when he offers you a dead mouse, it’s not really a sign of affection; rather a way to show you his skills as a predator …

5 – He makes you sick to better dominate you

In 2013, a study showed an astonishing reality: mice infected with toxoplasmosis are less suspicious of cats. Less fearful, they even come to be attracted to the urine of these formidable predators. Might as well jump into the mouth of the wolf! However, toxoplasmosis is a parasite that only survives in the digestive system of cats. When we know that the same process exists in nature – with another parasite that attracts infected chimpanzees to leopard urine – we understand that it is a predation strategy. Perhaps you yourself contracted toxoplasmosis as a child (like a third of the world’s population)? So if you are a big cat lover, this can be explained … scientifically!

6 – The cat is a threat to biodiversity

With the exception of cats confined to apartments, these great hunters cause real damage to biodiversity, both in town and in the countryside. The 13.5 million cats living in France cause the death of 75 million birds and several million bats each year. In the United States, they kill 4 billion birds per year! In Australia, half a billion reptiles die under their clutches. And what about small mammals, rodents and others? In America alone, cats kill 20 billion small animals every year. Fortunately, not all cats are great hunters. But their impact on biodiversity is cause for concern. In the United States, cat owners are now required to equip them with a bell collar. For the moment, warn prey of the presence of a cat is the only way to help them escape. The University of Melbourne has put 63 the number of species extinct in the world for five centuries, just because of the cat. Australia, aware of this ecological disaster, has set up protection zones for local species of 44 km prohibited to cats and aims to eradicate 2 million stray cats.

7 – cats are allergens

Who does not know a friend who starts to cough when approaching the sofa or a good friend who risks an asthma attack as soon as he walks into a house where a cat lives? According to a 2014 study, one in ten people is more or less allergic to cats in France. The cause of these allergies is hidden in the hair of the cat. Not the hair itself, but a protein from their saliva that it deposits on their fur during their daily licks. This protein then makes its way into our respiratory system …

8 – They transmit many diseases

Toxoplasmosis, discussed above, is caused by a parasite harbored by probably half of cats. This infection can be mild or asymptomatic; but it can also cause fever, fatigue, headaches and rashes. The cat is a carrier of other diseases such as cat scratch disease, mange, tularemia and echinococcosis. Often benign, these diseases are nevertheless dangerous for pregnant women and fragile people.

9 – The cat interferes with work

No scientific study attests to it, but everyone has observed that the presence of a cat is not conducive to work … What student has not suffered the untimely leaps of a cat in the middle of his class notes, flying dozens of sheets … and hours of work to classify them? As soon as a computer is turned on, there is always a cat to come and step on the keyboard. As soon as a book is opened, a cat comes to lie down … What can we conclude? The cat being the master of the world, he cannot stand your attempts at emancipation by knowledge … Or, he just wants to remind you who is the boss.