Apologies from Felines: How Cats Show Contrition to Their Human Companions
2024/02/04

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A recent study has revealed that cats have a unique way of apologizing to their owners. Unlike dogs who may wag their tails or give sad eyes to show remorse, cats utilize a specific behavior known as the "tail wag of contentment." This behavior involves the cats holding their tails straight up in the air with a slight curve at the tip, resembling the shape of a question mark.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex, observed several cats in various situations. They found that after accidentally knocking over objects or causing a disturbance, the cats would exhibit the tail wag of contentment as a way of expressing regret. The researchers also noted that cats often combine this behavior with other signs such as rubbing against their owners or purring.

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According to Dr. Jennifer Bode, one of the researchers involved in the study, this behavior could be seen as an "apology-like behavior" in cats. She suggests that cats may have learned this behavior over time as a way to reconcile with their owners and maintain a positive relationship.

This study challenges the common belief that cats are aloof and not emotionally attached to their owners. It suggests that cats communicate in their own unique way and that their expressions of remorse might be more subtle compared to dogs. By understanding these behaviors, cat owners can appreciate the attempts their feline companions make to apologize and strengthen their bond.

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