My cat clawed me up this morning for no reason, so I was kind of confused and angry. This story shed a little light on the whole thing. Anyone who’s ever owned a cat has probably wondered if their pet thinks of them as another cat. It turns out they do, as a large clumsy, overgrown oaf of a cat, according to CBS News.

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Dr. John Bradshaw has studied felines for 30 years and has just released a book titled Cat Sense in which he traces the evolution of the cat/human relationship. Cats were never bred for companionship, they way that dogs were. Cats sort of adopted us and got used to hunting the rats and vermin that fed on the discarded food of early humans. Cats live in a partly feral state and are not quite domesticated. What is it that builds those powerful bonds between cat owners and their furry friends? It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat.

When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is checking to make sure you are not hostile. Purring is associated with feeding as kittens and if a cat “kneads” you, that’s how it used to get milk from its mother. Dr. Bradshaw says one sign cats are still mostly wild is that they will go out to breed with feral cats. The doctor worries about the future of felines. The next time your cat jumps on those clothes you just took out of the drier, he thinks you put it there just for for him or her.