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Re: Partly-scientific answer to question about cats

Interesting. When my cats squint, it means they are annoyed (at a minimum),
or have escalated annoyance to being very P.O.'d, or are telling me in no 
uncertain terms with their silent bullhorn to leave them alone: "Warning! This 
is The Cat Squinting! You have 30 seconds to disperse or you will suffer the 
catsequences: Immediate Shedding and Shredding on this furniture." 

Fortunately there is a recent, albeit in press, paper on this subject. 
The authors aver that the auditory stimulus of a Sn can & can-opener in the 
Comestibles Lab, combined with the olfactory stimulus of a certain genus of 
Chordata* will rapidly defuse the situation. 
Cheers, Lisa Felinae
Berkeley, CAt 

*Specifically, members of
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Scombridae
Subfamily: Scombrinae 
Genus: Thunnus