I read a fairly interesting article that tried to answer the question: Do our critter friends prefer us? When I hold up a treat for my animal, I am not sure if my cat actually likes me or just the treat, but surely this is not a valid test… One scientific test ran MRI scans on a bunch of cats while subjecting them to smells that were not known to them to compare their reactions to other smells that they knew.
The results easily showed that the cat owner’s scent catapults the kitty brain into an absolute frenzy of interest in an area called a reward center. The cats prioritize the owner’s smell and this is a form of actual love directed to their main benefactors, according to the study. I potentially could be paranoid, but I swear my HVAC machine is trying to use smells to prove if I prefer it. I’m not attached to any MRI machine that tests my brain or anything crazy like that, but I’m sure that my scan would resemble that of any test animal subject. In past years, I have smelled the “rotten egg” smell and the smell of gas that triggered my brain to suspect a minor gas leak. I really am glad that our HVAC machine professional took care of the issue quickly. I was subjected to another HVAC smell test when a stage of humid weather induced an algae growth in my drain pipes… Another time I smelled what smelled something like a pile of unwashed socks, but it was not a laundry setback at all. Something “organic” had managed to get into the oil furnace heat exchanger. I prove my absolute adoration for my HVAC machine by having it worked on by a qualified HVAC professional two times every year. That is when the joy centers in my brain completely become activated as I breathe in the clean air with the assurance that my HVAC machine does indeed prefer me.