I haven't finished reading the article, but I certainly do notice (including in myself) daffier and daffier pet relationships!
I was enormously amused recently when I referred a work colleague to my vet for her new kitten.
We have two utterly besotted new kitten owners at work.
I love it, because I get enormous vicarious joy from their kitten tales, and because I can now talk cat a bit at work.
Anyway, this kitten was dumped at a pet shop back door with its litter mates.
Sadly, the owner doesn't USE the back door, so all the other kittens died, and Momo was found nearly starved and nursed back to health, and then sold to my colleague.
With such a start, he has enormously engaged the hearts of all who hear about him, and his owner wanted a vet who would take time to talk to her about any special food etc. that he might need because of his having starved.
Now, my vet is (I think) genuinely besotted by animals, but her practice is clearly very well planned to take advantage of the owners' besottedness! Her staff greet every animal by name. She RINGS you to find out how the animal is! She coos and caresses every animal.
Colleague emerged from the visit very happy.
I was amused because, when she talked about it, she told me how the vet had told her what a special cat Momo is.
Her expression as she did so was one of the most complex I have ever seen.
I could see her realising, as she said it, that the vet must tell EVERY owner their animal is special.
So there was great pride, with a dawning embarrassment about being taken in, at the same time as she was amused about that, and then a kind of stubborn pride took over as she determined that Momo WAS special, and the vet had clearly recognized this, and damn anyone who was going to laugh at her!!!!!
It was very funny and very sweet.
The gaze and oxyctosin thing in the article was utterly fascinating.
I am a sucker for Siamese, and one thing I love about them is their gaze.
They love looking into your eyes, and will spend ages doing so, often conversing both with the eyes and vocally while doing so. You can send a Siamese into ecstasy just by an eye conversation.
Now, a well socialised moggie will do that sometimes, (or maybe often???) but every Siamese I have had does so