Reserved and indispensable, as fascinating as they are mysterious: you can spend an entire life observing them and studying their behavior without being able to fully understand them.

Word of John Bradshaw, English biologist who has dedicated over 30 years to cats and who recently published a new book entitled "Cat Sense" (Allen Lane / Basic Books).

Director of the Institute of Antrozoology of the School of Clinical Veterinary Science of the University of Bristol, in an article published in the journal New Scientist the author reveals the reasons for the success of the most widespread pet in the world - the relationship with the dog is 3 to 1 - who would reside in his self-sufficiency and affection for men. Which, however, is never considered by the little tiger as a master or a pack leader, but rather as a larger cat that replaces the mother.

But the scientist goes further, explaining how for the domestic cats the straight upturned tail represents the key signal with which they demonstrate the affection they feel towards us, as well as the meaning of rubbing, of the request for caresses and meows.

In spite of their reputation of being opportunistic and detached animals, science once again confirms how the emotion that unites a cat with its human being is on both sides undoubtedly affection.

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