Kitties have a reputation for being both mysterious and quirky. Scientists have typically had a hard time deciphering feline behaviors and traits, in large part because Fluffy often refuses to cooperate in studies. However, a few recent studies have revealed some interesting things about our mysterious furry friends. A local vet lists some key ones below.
We love to joke about how cold and calculating that cats are, but that really isn’t the case. A study that was done back in 2019 showed that kitties really do bond with their humans. The study looked at 70 cats, who were put in a room with their owners for two minutes. They were then left alone for two minutes, after which their owners returned. The cats showed signs that researchers classified as demonstrating ‘secure attachment’ to their owners. Of course, this is old news to anyone with an affectionate feline!
Another study of feline behavior looked at whether cats prefer food to attention. The results were quite surprising! This study, which was done in 2017 by Oregon State University, tested both pet kitties and shelter cats. The cats were given a choice of what they wanted to do: eat, play, or hang out with humans. Most of them chose to interact with the humans. Food was the second choice.
This study, from 2019, monitored 78 kitties to see if the felines gave any reaction when their names were called. As researchers watched (and listened) the cats’ owners said five words. One was the kitty’s name, and the other four words were just generic, similar-sounding ones. In a variation, they had strangers tell the cats the same words. As it turned out, Fluffy did respond differently when she heard her name called. Of course, this also means that yes, your furry pal does sometimes ignore you when you call her.
Did you know that people with cats have better mental health than those who don’t have feline pals? The affection, comfort, companionship, and, of course, live entertainment kitties provide is actually very beneficial to us! Other benefits include better sleep, less anxiety, and lower hypertension. Fluffy may very well be the purrfect pet!
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