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The Science Behind Why Cats Meow Is Oddly Touching (And Very Surprising)

JANUARY 27, 2016

Everyone knows that dogs bark and cats meow, but we really didn't know why. That's what inspired this group of scientists to dig around and figure out what causes the cat's meow.

The answer that they found is pretty flattering, and so surprising. When you learn the truth, you'll never look at your feline friends the same way again.

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That certainly explains a lot. Here's what veterinarian Dr. John Bradshaw of Bristol University had to say:

The meow starts off as a kitten vocalization. It's something they use in order to call their mothers over…the mother is very attentive to those meows. And then as the kitten grows up, it gradually stops meowing, presumably because it just stops working. The mother wants to wean the kittens and stops responding. A pet cat is constantly meowing at its owner. It’s a way of getting the owner’s attention.

Pretty cute, am I right? They're just trying to talk to us!

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