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Watch: Everything you ever wanted to know about cat behavior, in just 5 minutes

Watch: Everything you ever wanted to know about cat behavior, in just 5 minutes

Cat videos are everywhere on the web, but rarely do they actually explain what it is that makes our mysterious feline friends tick.

Enter Tony Buffington.

Tony Buffington is a well-known veterinarian, professor and “cat guru,” and his knowledge provides the script for an animated TED-Ed video titled, “Why do cats act so weird?”

We think this video is purrfectly adorable, and it provides a handy short-hand for understanding why our cats do some of the things they do--why they like to pounce on our ankles (they evolved to stalk, pounce, and kill), and why they have such a strong instinct to squeeze themselves into tight spots (having evolved as both predator and prey, cats learned how to stay out of sight).  And purring happens at a frequency that can promote tissue regeneration--so encouraging your cat to sleep on your face just might be an inexpensive alternative to a face lift.

Of course, there will always be some things that science just can't explain, and the mysterious bonds that have formed between humans and cats over the eons may be one of them.  But this video is a pretty pawsome primer on Cat Knowledge 101 nonetheless.  Watch and rejoice!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

 
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