Cute Kittens and Cats
Why are Kittens Cute?
Why are babies cute? There are things in their appearance the sets off a motivation for us to care for it. Scientists have studied this and although kittens and human babies look very different they have this in common: they are small, the have a disproportionately large head, large eyes and softer body features. Think about how angular a Siamese knees are and then look at this Siamese kitten.
This is Baby Byron
The above picture is of baby Byron. Notice how big his eyes are in proportion to his face. That is part of the appeal of all babies. That is part of what makes them cute! Their eyes are very big in proportion to the face. In addition all babies have a roundness to their faces that we find cute.This changes as they become adults. As a kitten ages, its muzzle and nose jut out and the face takes on a more triangular shape.
Siamese Cute Kitten
Is Cuteness Part of Nature's Plan?
Many scientist say yes. That it is not just their helplessness that makes us nurture babies, but their cuteness. We are drawn to their appearance. In addition, we find their behaviors cute. Playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity, innocence, affectionate behavior. Kittens respond positively to being held. They love our body heat.
Kittens need touch and their cuteness makes us want to touch them
While They are Learning Skills Kittens Are Cute
Kittens grow up rather fast and need to master adults skills quite quickly. Just like a human infant their first movements are more like crawling. Then they do the tottering just like a human toddler. Then unlike human babies, they soon need to climb and jump. Most cats land on their feet froma fall but not kittens. They fall flat on their faces when practicing. We probably as humans should be impressed at the quick development of skills in kittens. However their clumsy attempts when first learning to walk (kittens) and climb delight us and we find the kittens behavior cut. For example, it took Faith (in the photo below) many attempts to climb her basket but she was the first in her litter to master it and then the others watched and learned.
Faith, cute kitten
Why do Most People Find Kittens Cuter than Snakes?
Konrad Lorenz argued in 1949 that infantile features triggered nurturing responses. As evidence, Lorenz note that humans react more positively to animals that resemble infants than those who do not. Animals .with big eyes big heads, shortened noses appeal to us more than a snake. Note how much we love cats compared to Iguanas. Below is adult cat Fiona with her big head, big eyes and short nose.
Do Women or Men Find Kittens Cuter
There have been studies of this because their was a common perception that women responded more strongly to infants than men do. However, when asked to rate pictures of babies based on cuteness, men and women rated babies about the same. Of course, rating a picture is different than showing ongoing nurturing behavior towards that baby. It seems at least in the USA, more women than men take responsibility for cats and see kittens and cats as cute. Ask any rescue about the gender of their volunteers. However, I have seen all my animals, male or female. react differently to a new kitten than to a new adult cat. Here is Patch who was my alpha male of 6 Chihuahuas. He loved and accepted kittens but an adult cat better not sit within two feet of him.
Which is the Cutest
Science of Cute
August 15, 2012'
In his article The Science of Cute Doug Hendrie wrote that what we find cute in human babies transfers to certain animal babies. He writes:
"So why does that transfer to animals? Well, it turns out our brains latch on to pretty much anything with the same criteria. Kittens: big eyes, large heads, small noses. Baby pandas: ditto. Puppies: yep. That might even be one reason why domestic dogs and cats look quite different to their wild ancestors – we’ve bred the cute into them."
TOO CUTE KITTENS GALLERY
This is my adult cat Lydia
A few weeks ago I was given two great pillows with this one being a mother cat and kittens. About half the cats checked them out very carefully - looking at them from a distance and trying to understand what they were. Then Lydia, chose to cozy up to the one that looked the most like her.