Cats remain a mystery even to their owners. Unlike dogs, the world’s most popular pet demands that we accept them on their own terms. Science now explains the nature of purring, cat calls, meowing and other behavior.
Cindy Tobeck and her cat, Oscar, stand next to the largest giant pumpkin in her garden in Littlerock, Wash. Cats and their owners develop a language that they both understand. Owners learn to respond differently to various types of meowing. Pete Caster/Pcaster@chronline.com via AP