Cat lovers and neuroscientists alike will hopefully enjoy this video I came across: “LOL cats like stroking too“, which is pretty much the cutest way that I have ever seen to publicise research results. The video (almost too) adorably summarises results from a recent Nature study (“Genetic identification of C fibres that detect massage-like stroking of hairy skin in vivo“) using a narrator and LOL cats. The study found that there are specific nerves under the skin of mice that specifically respond to the stroking of hairs and not to poking or pressing on the skin. This might help to explain why some animals like to be petted. Although not studied yet in animals other than mice, the scientists suspect that the same nerves might be present in animals like cats, or maybe even humans.
Even if you don’t read the original paper, you must watch the video if you’re a LOL cat lover.