ethernight
survival of the cutest
August 6th, 2008 01:21 pm
I wonder equal parts about the seemingly innate need in some humans to have creatures to pet, as I do about the complementary need in some creatures for human attention. What did humans do before there were housecats and modern dogs? Did whole generations of humans get eaten by saber tooths and wolves, goaded by the overwhelming urge to OMG HAS TO SQUEEZE IT SO CUTE? Have countless wildcats and wolves over the eons been left baffled and dismayed when humans ran screaming from innocent attempts to nuzzle against legs or boof sleeping heads?

If it is so, then this trait must have been a tenacious one indeed, to survive countless tragic ends for humans and beast alike until finally a rare match of a cute-compelled humanbeast with his human-doting fuzzy was made.
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From:reverend_kate
Date:August 7th, 2008 - 05:51 am
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Dogs are domesticated, but cats are tamed.

Put another way,

Dogs have masters, cats have staff.

But no matter your preference for fuzzy companion - I think the need to cuddle and adopt them corresponds to our species' tendency in modern times to postpone childbearing.

Consider how, until the 20th century, weddings often took place well before the age of 20. In more rural areas, the trend is not as pronounced, but urban couples (and singles) are waiting longer and longer to pop em out.

We must nurture somethings. Cats it is, then.
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