THE ALIENS AMONG US
Cats and Dogs may share our homes but they live in a different world.
According to a Canadian Geographic special that I watched it is incredibly different.
For starters they see the world in
We humans have eyes that are adapted to diurnal living as opposed to the nocturnal vision of most mammals. Scientists believe that this nocturnal existance evolved as the reptilian mammals evolved to take advantage of the solar powered Dinosaurs inactivity at night.
Cats and Dogs have eyes with more rods for magnifying light while humans have more cones for colour.
Dogs and Cats cannot see anything that is in the RED spectrum!
So during the daytime your cat sees the world as if it were an overexposed greeny blue photo, while at night they see things 7 times brighter than us.
Dogs have 40x more smell receptors than we do and Cats have 20x more than us.
We humans win the taste test department. We have approximately 9000 receptors that's why we can't eat dead mice...but Cats can because they have a lousy sense of taste, they only have 473 receptors. So don't waste your money on fancy catfood.
Dogs have a little better sense of taste than cats with 1000 taste receptors.
Either way they live in an olfactory world as opposed to our visualcentric universe. Cats can follow the trails of mice urine throughout your house as if it were a super highway. Mice can barely see anything past their noses so they pee everywhere and follow their nose around your house...is that gross or what?
Dogs of course discover their canine friends through checking out the unique smells produced by the scent glands that are located on their rear ends.
If you live in an olfactory world this makes perfect scents/sense..
to us it is just seems impolite and weird.
Dogs brains let them see the world at 80 frames per sec..unfortunately they can't watch TV with us because TV operates at 60 frames per second which is human speed. So Dogs just see jumpy cropped flickering blurry images...but of course they can hear it much better than us. Dogs can hear and recognise the exact hum of your car engine when you are approaching your home...that's why they run to the door..they aren't psychic.
Cats hear 3 times better than us and this allows them to hear the nearly blind mice squeaking to other mice as they scurry about the urine trails around your house!!!
Every Dog in the world has evolved from wolves some 100,000 years ago. Humans have accepted Dogs so well because they are pack animals and these developmentally retarded wolf puppies are perfectly suited to our needs.
The slobbery kiss that you get when you walk in the door is a submissive wolf trait. Many breeds have been bred with freeze frame hunting traits from wolves. Bloodhounds are stuck on Search...Border Collies are stuck at Chase....Pointers are stuck on Sighting..Retrievers are stuck on Catch..and we train a few breeds to go the next level of hunting which is attack.
Bad owners = bad dogs because they are desperately in need of training and securing their position in their pack.
I personally think that all humans should be required to pass a battery of tests, as involved as acquiring a driving license, before they are permitted to own a dog..but that's just me.
Of course purebred owners are hoping that geneticists can cure the disastrous side effects that their little frankensteinian creations suffer from because of the massive chromosonal corruption of inbreeding family members...in evolutionary terms they are all dead enders.
In the land of Pets it is reigning Cats n' Dogs. Although these familiar creatures live in a much different world and experience life on an alien scale..
we love them anyway.