STONELEIGH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Minnie, a cream British Shorthair cat and Olive, a silver British Shorthair cat, are seen in a studio portrait during the GCCF Supreme Show 2022 at NAEC on October 22, 2022 in Stoneleigh, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)

The big debate this morning with Joel and Maryann was whether or not our pets understand us when we talk to them. We all talk to our pets, and while we think they know what we’re saying they most likely do not. They know we’re talking to them, but don’t really know what the words really mean. However, when we say things like “Do you want to go out?” or “Are you hungry?” they do understand mainly because they’ve heard it many times and know what usually comes next. Much like Pavlov’s dog, the ringing of a bell or the sound of a jangling leash when it’s time to go for a walk.

A new study published in the Animal Cognition Journal reveals that cats know when their owners are talking to them. Researchers had 16 cats take part in their experiment in which they played the speaking voices of their owners and strangers. They then monitored changes in the cat’s movements and reactions. They found the cats got more intense when their owner was speaking to them as opposed to the stranger.

Researcher Anita Kelsey told Newsweek, “I think it’s safe to say cats understand human speech, not only by what outcome that speech portrays [but also] the familiarity of certain tones and what the outcome of those are too. In my opinion, [they are] not so much understanding the words and their meaning in the human sense, but understanding through the association of what happens from that word. Cats are often perceived as anti-social animals, but Kelsey says that this assumption is unfounded: “I think this stereotype comes from the fact we are a species with a special affiliation to dogs, and dogs are people pleasers. As cats are not people pleasers, they have been stamped as being anti-social pets. Cats do in fact show us a whole plethora of affection in a different way and do have strong bonds with their guardians.”

The results of the study “suggest that cats can discriminate speech specifically addressed to them from speech addressed to adult humans. Interestingly, this pattern of discrimination was found only when sentences were uttered by the cats’ owners.”

What Jersey Couples Argue About Most

It’s inevitable, couples argue. Sometimes one of the two is having a bad day and something sets them off. Maybe it’s something that wouldn’t normally cause a fight, but on this day it does. It could be for a number of reasons, a bad day at work, a long ride in traffic, someone being rude, receiving bad news, their favorite sports team lost, or they’re just inexplicably feeling irritated or angry.

For whatever reason couples argue, there are some reasons that are more common than others. The company Method Cleaning Products commissioned One Poll to find out which arguments are most common. Many things on this list may seem innocuous, but the study says, “59 percent admit their domestic disputes can lead to the complete breakdown of the relationship.” They also discovered that “13 percent [get] into an argument about [some topics] on a daily basis.” Not surprisingly the study also found that “5 percent of women cohabiting with a male partner agree household tasks are disproportionately split,” and “more than half” of women believe they’re doing most of the work in the household.

Let’s check out the list and see if your and your partner’s arguments are a match to the study.

  • Leaving Lights On

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    Bedroom home interior with a cushion, wooden bed, bedside table and lamp at a luxury boutique hotel, Mendoza, Mendoza Province, Argentina, South America. (Photo by: Matthew Williams-Ellis/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    This is a ridiculous argument. I work with someone who hates this. Lightbulbs are extremely efficient nowadays so if cost is the issue, it’s inconsequential.

  • Leaving the Toilet Seat Up

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    EAST DUBLIN, GA – JULY 10: Chris “Skillet” Davison aims his plastic toilet seat at the target during the Redneck Horseshoe contest in the 9th Annual Summer Redneck Games July 10, 2004 in East Dublin, Georgia. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)

    I never understood this one for two reasons. First is the common guy’s answer, “look before you sit,” and secondly, if it bothers your partner, JUST PUT THE SEAT DOWN WHEN YOU’RE DONE! It’s not that hard.

  • Not Putting Dishes Away

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    Cleaned utensils in open dishwasher

    This one makes sense because if you’re leaving them out for your partner to put away, it’s disrespectful, and it can be upsetting to feel that the one you love (or like a lot) is taking you for granted.

  • Starting but Not Completing Housework

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    Bonn, Germany – January 14: In this photo illustration is cleaning bucket with cleaning products on a floor of a kitchenon January 14, 2021 in Bonn, Germany. (Photo by Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images)

    If you start something finish it! It’s not that hard. If you get distracted and forget about it let your partner know that you’ve forgotten and will hop on it right away. Leaving the vacuum in the middle of a half-done room can cause some tension if you don’t apologize and take responsibility.

  • Whose Turn it is to Clean the Floor

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    Detail of a man cleaning a wooden kitchen floor with a mop and bucket, taken on March 3, 2018. (Photo by Olly Curtis/T3 Magazine/Future via Getty Images)

    I’m no expert, but I think taking turns doesn’t work. You should each agree on who is going to do what. I’ll vacuum if you dust or I’ll cook if you do the laundry. It works for my wife and me, but it’s not for everybody. You also have to agree that the way the chores are split and even,

  • Not Squeegeeing the Shower after Showering

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    Close-up of a stainless steel shower with tiled wall. (Photo by Quick Image/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)

    This is ridiculous and here’s why…squeegeeing is fun! You can also just agree that it’s not really necessary and not do it.

  • Leaving Dirty Clothes on the Floor

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    Crystal Wilkinson age 17 and a junior is instructed by teacher Linda Cooper (left) to pick up the laundry on the floor as she wears the “Empathy Belly” ( which simulates pregnancy in the 8th month) in a parenting class at Simi Valley High School. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

    Once in a while if you’re in a hurry, but totally unacceptable. This seems to usually be the guy who is used to his mother cleaning up after him and hasn’t grown up yet.

  • Dropping Crumbs in Bed

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    Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono and British musican and artist John Lennon (1940 – 1980) sit together on a bed, December 1968. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)

    This is totally legitimate if you’ve ever slept in crumbs. There’s nothing wrong with eating in bed, but you gotta keep it neat. As with everything else, clean up after yourself!

  • Not Dusting Properly

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    (GERMANY OUT) Haushalt, Hausputz, Hausfrau mit Staubwedel beim Abstauben eines Bildes (Photo by Stefan Klein/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

    Out of all the chores, this is the easiest one. For the love of Hummel, move the knick-knack and dust the entire shelf.