So apparently my cats think their humans are the pets, and not the other way around.  Just more proof that cats are sneaky little devils.

Here's cause for alarm a recent study shows that you are a pet for your cat, not the other way around.

Household felines are able to manipulate you at whim with an urgent sounding, high pitched meow, which is actually a purr mixed with a high pitched cry.

While some owners think cats purr when they're happy, some cats make the purr cry when they want to be fed and people find the mixed calls annoying and difficult to ignore.

"The embedding of a cry within a call that we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response," explains Karen McComb of the University of Sussex.

"Solicitation purring is probably more acceptable to humans than overt meowing, which is more likely to get them ejected from the bedroom.

"We think cats learn to dramatically exaggerate this purr cry when it proves effective in generating a response from humans."

In other words, cats know people like the back of their paws.

(via RADIO ONLINE ®.)

Well my cat Astro thinks he rules my house.  So I guess this article help explain why Astro  planted his paw in the middle of my forehead last night.  I guess he wanted me to get up, unless he was practicing to be one of those fanatical preachers that can heal with the slap of his palm to a forehead.