Why humans are so enchanted with cats
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We think cats are our pets but we are mistaken. The New Yorker interviews Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World:
She explains how cats domesticated themselvesessentially by choosing proximity to people as their survival strategyand then proceeded to infect one in three humans on Earth with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which affects our behavior in ways that are still not entirely understood, although there is speculation that one of the symptoms might be an attraction to cats. Scientists estimate that there could be as many as a billion cats in the world, and their number continues to grow. So, if you feel like you live under your cats paw, you might as well get used to it. As Tucker says, Were never going to get control over these animals.