Not only is there a CAT PARASITE, which causes humans (like me) to go gaga for kritties, but now cats are controlling our minds with their purrs! Yes, apparently cats have developed a special purr to get us to do what they want:
McComb explained that what cats seem to be doing for the special purr “is producing the low fundamental frequency and its harmonics by muscular activation” — what has been associated with typical purring — “but also voicing a cry, probably with the inner edges of the vocal folds, which is then superimposed on the sound’s frequency spectrum.”
This “cry” apparently sounds a lot like a human baby’s cry, which gets our attention and sympathy. Maybe this is why we talk to kitties like widdew pweshus babies!
The little guy above isn’t doing mind-control purrs, but I’d still do anything for him! He’s got a bottom lip!