Cats That Beg Aggressively for Food May Not Be Hungry, Just Psychologically Disturbed

A study that presumably involved some degree of science has found that cats aren't just hungry when they rub up against your legs and meow for food — they could be psychologically disturbed, afflicted, says a histrionic Telegraph, with an "obsession with food has driven [them] to the edge of insanity." In other words, strap in, cat owners because your Sunday morning is about to get real.
Researchers say, without any apparent irony, that cats that show too much eagerness for food — cats that beg for food by being really friendly and solicitous — might actually be suffering from a psychological condition called "psychogenic abnormal feeding behavior," or what less erudite observers used to call "very hungry." The main symptom researchers have identified is "excessive solicitation of interspecific interactions," but others falling under the umbrella of "food-related aggression," i.e. jumping onto the table and trying to eat from a plate or eating from another cat's dish, are also red flags that a cat has an abnormal preoccupation with food.

An eight-year-old Siamese cat named Otto that stole food from another cat and interposed itself when its master was preparing its food from a tin can served as the researchers' initial subject. Since they could find no physical explanation for the Otto's behavior, the researchers decided that the cause for Otto's relentless food-seeking was psychological, which is sort of sad because if there's any credence to this vague and limited (did vets only study Otto? maybe Otto's just a dick about being fed) study, it means that cats might not be as crafty as we've always given them credit for being — they might just be little headcases that know where we sleep and have knives for fingers.


Cats that pester for food could be suffering from a psychological condition [Telegraph]

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