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January 17, 2021 - SALON

Human breeding of cats has made them look like they are always in pain

Human breeding of cats has made them look like they are always in pain
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What if cute grumpy-faced cats are really a Cronenberg-esque eldritch horror of human genetic manipulation?

As attested by internet-famous cats like Grumpy Cat and broccoli-hating Smudge, our cultural stereotype of cats is that they are often aggressive, standoffish or, well, grumpy.

Now, a new study suggests that grumpy cat behavior, and particularly those with grumpy-looking faces, may be related to an accident of human breeding. Indeed, as humans bred our pet cats to look cuter and more appealing to their human companions, such facial changes may have affected their ability to communicate with each other.

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