Cats that live in close proximity to their owners are more apt to mirror their own behaviors and routines to those of their human companions than animals that live primarily outside. Picking up on human eating and sleeping habits may play a role in obesity in cats, according to the study, which found mostly outdoor cats tended toward more independent, feral behaviors. Humans learn from cats, too, says veterinarian Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. "When they sit on our lap softly purring with rhythmic breathing and half-closed eyes, the sense of serenity and calm that comes over us is like a private lesson in inner peace and meditation," Dr. Brunt said.
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