Cats And Beards: ‘Cutting Edge’ Research

September 23, 2011

Research at its finest! (sorry about the pun in the title – couldn’t resist)

The study is titled/ Feline Reactions To Bearded Men /.  Read through the experiment, carefully assessing all the data, and see if you agree with their conclusions:

Abstract

Cats were exposed to photographs of bearded men. The beards were of various sizes, shapes, and styles. The cats’ responses were recorded and analyzed.

Interpretation

  1. Cats do not like men with long beards, especially long dark beards.
  2. Cats are indifferent to men with shorter beards.
  3. Cats are confused and/or disturbed by men with beards that are incomplete.

“The test subjects were female cats, all between the ages of four and six. 214 cats participated in the study. Three cats died during the study, due to causes unrelated to the bearded men. Fifteen cats gave birth while viewing the photographs”

And let us not forget this bit of critical information:  “While each cat was viewing the photographs, it was held by a laboratory assistant. To ensure that the cats were not influenced by stroking or other unconscious cues from the assistant, the assistant was anesthetized prior to each session. The cats’ reactions were assessed for changes in pulse rate, respiration, eye dilation, fur shed rate, and qualitative behavior.”

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