Cats are often known for their selfish behavior. They may be misunderstood according to the report we compiled from The Independent. If you are a cat owner, this research you're about to read will make your day! Though the research isn't very huge and includes a limited number of cats, it still shows how much cats love us. Or that's just what we want to believe.
People seem to either love or hate cats. And those that love their feline friends, really love them.
While dogs will bound to the front door, tails wagging, to greet us when we get home at the end of the day, cats often seem, well, indifferent.
But according to a new study, this is, in fact, all an act. Because cats are so smart, of course.
The lead researcher, Kristyn Vitale Shreve, wasn’t happy with the fact that many scientific papers refer to cats as being difficult to train, stubborn, and insouciant (it’s probably safe to infer Vitale Shreve is a cat person).
Every cat was put in solitary confinement for two and a half hours and the researchers used the time to work out each one’s preferred food (chicken, tuna or cat treats), toy (feather, fuzzy mouse with shaker or springy “cat dancer” wire with cardboard rolls to chase), scent (gerbil, catnip or another cat) and a type of human interaction (baby talk, petting or playing with a GoCat Da Bird feather toy).
The cats were then tested through what’s known as a ‘free operant preference assessment,’ which involves putting them in a room with various objects and seeing how much interest they show in each one.
Not all the cats got the hang of the experiment but of the 38 that did, 19 spent the majority of the time with the human rather than the food, toy, or scent.
Although the food was the second most popular, preferred by 14 of the cats, 4 of the cats chose the toys and just 1 went for the scent.
“Although it is often thought cats prefer solitude to social interaction, the data of this study indicate otherwise.”
However, it’s important to note that this wasn’t a huge study and different cats may react differently to different humans.