I want to be a cat…or at least to live like a well cared for pet cat.
The ideas that most people have about cats – that they are lazy and aloof and regal (think Garfield) are actually fairly accurate.
This was proved by a study at the University of Illinois. They put collars on 18 pet cats to track their activity.
Cats spent 80% of their time RESTING!
Then 17% of their time in low activity pursuits like grooming (and I assume eating) and only 3% of their time in high level activity (hunting)
What a life!
Cats are the most popular pet in the world. (sorry dogs – I like you too). A third of American households have feline household members and it is estimated that 600 million cats are ‘willing’ to live among us humans.
There is a popular joke that if aliens were observing earth they might make the conclusion that house cats were the dominant species on earth.
We as humans feed them, we care for them, we create beds and toys, and computer games for them. We empty their litter boxes which we made for them. Early Egyptians actually worshiped cats. One might conclude that our whole civilization was created just to look after cats better.
The first recorded interaction of humans and cats is 9500 years ago. Scientists speculate that because wild cats provided a service is hunting mice around human settlements, there arose a co-operative relationship and cats through genetic adaptation became more and more friendly.
Scientist also speculate that original wildcats had features that predisposed them to be accepted by humans and make them so cute and lovable today. These include large eyes, snub face and a high round forehead.
Maybe that’s why there are a gazillion youtube videos of cats.
Google’s X lab built a neural network of 16,000 computer processors with one billion connections and exposed it to 10 million random YouTube videos. Can you guess what the semi-artificial-intelligence learned to identify among 20,000 different items? You guessed it… cats.
The system achieved 81.7 percent accuracy in detecting human faces, and 74.8 percent accuracy when identifying cats.