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18 times cats proved to be ‘purr-fect’ research assistants

Writing a well-researched and concise academic paper isn’t easy – which is why we need all the help we can get! As can be seen through the #AcademicsWithCats hashtag, it’s clear that cats in particular love to help their owners out when it’s crunch time. Whether or not they actually succeed in doing so is another matter altogether.

Here are 18 reasons why cats make the best research assistants!

1. Even in the age of the internet and social media, many cats still insist on being thorough and going through traditional sources of information, like newspapers. Or more like, rolling through…

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2. They’ll make sure you stay “on top” of your reading list…

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3. They’re quite the neat freaks, so they’ll keep your documents in order…

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4. Cats make wonderful lap warmers/laptop stands…

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5. Or wrist warmers… You know, for the carpal tunnel.

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6. They also come in handy as paperweights!

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7. They’ll check whether you’ve put in the right citations: “STOP. You just cited to wrong source there, buddy.”

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8. They’ll keep a close eye on you to make sure you stay focused on the task at hand…

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9. And not get distracted…

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10. “Hmmm. I don’t think Facebook counts as research.”

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11. If you have to burn the midnight oil to meet your deadline, they’ll keep you company…

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12. And aren’t the type to fall asleep on the job. (Oh wait … oops.)

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13. They’re more than happy to help you proof your first draft…

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14. And will be honest with their comments on your work.

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15. Brutally honest, even.

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16. But cats are far from “all work and no play” – they’ll remind you to take a break once in a while…

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17. Be it to feed them…

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18. Or to just smell the flowers.

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Academia Obscura, the masterminds behind #AcademicsWithCats, also recently announced the winners of the third annual “Academics with Cats Awards” – you can check out the winning cats and their owners on the site!

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