From Cats Dressed as People, 100 Years Ago, one of 15 photos. The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)
Here’s a look at America’s first cat cafe. The best part: All the cats are up for adoption.
Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.
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Cat cafes (as seen above in Japan) have yet to appear in the United States. That may change soon.
Maybe the film’s mysterious feline is Llewyn Davis.
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Why do people keep cats?
As a non-cat person, I have long been perplexed by this state of affairs, in which millions and millions of humans around the world have wound up sharing a home with these odd (and, fine, kind of cute) creatures. How did this come to be?
For a long time, archaeologists have hunted for early evidence of this relationship between humans and cats. They’ve found a wildcat buried near a human on Cyprus from about 9,500 years ago, a proximity suggesting some sort of relationship between the two species. And from ancient Egypt there are paintings, about 4,000 years old, that depict cats, often sitting beneath the chairs of women.
But these bits of history did little to reveal how man and cat first reached, paw to hand, across that species divide.
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“It is definitely not smart to intentionally infect yourself. I’ve already had people ask.”
A third of the world has been infected, though. Tiny cysts nested in one’s brain and muscles attest. The parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii comes into us by undercooked meat, well-intentioned placentas, gardening soil, or, most infamously, cats. It is the reason that pregnant women are not supposed to empty litter boxes.
“If you’re young and healthy and have it already, it might provide some benefit, as we saw in our research,” Ann-Kathrin Stock, a cognitive neurophysiology researcher at the University of Dresden in Germany, told me. “But the adverse effects are potentially huge. If you ever really get sick it might be what kills you.
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A library in Russia recently hired a cat as an “assistant librarian.” He is paid in food and wears a bow tie to work. Everything about this is wonderful.
It really is.