Campus News

Cat communication

Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor of behavior and anatomy in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was quoted by CNN in an article explaining the elusive nature of cats.

Crowell-Davis studied feral cat colonies and interpreted their behavior to be as expressive as dogs, just often misunderstood.

“When cats (come) back from hunting, what we commonly see in the feral situation is they may spend several minutes rubbing up and down, up and down, against each other,” she said. “They’ll also wrap their tails over each other’s backs-it’s like a human hug.”