There’s a certain measure of adoration we extend towards cats on the internet that most people animals simply don’t see, not even dogs, with their boundless affection for us and immeasurable loyalty. See, there’s a lot of speculation why that is. Why do cats make up such a majority of the internet, flooded with their pictures and cute paws when dog lovers outnumber them? Recent surveys say that dog lovers outnumber cat lovers by almost four to one!
It still doesn’t explain why we obsess over our feline friends, and truth be told, there is no need for the obsession to be explained. Cats are precious, and they’re extremely photogenic for no good reason, even when they’re trying not to be, and that’s what makes us love them. They evolved to be endearing to us, to be loved by us, and by golly, does it work. There’s really not much we can do against the evolutionary advantage they have on us.
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New York Times reported;
On Monday, researchers reported that cats are just as strongly bonded to us as dogs or infants, vindicating cat lovers across the land. “I get that a lot — ‘Well, I knew that, I know that cats like to interact with me,’” said Kristyn Vitale, an animal behavior scientist at Oregon State University and lead author of the new study, published in Current Biology. “But in science, you don’t know that until you test it.”
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They continued with;
Research into cat behavior has lagged that into dogs. Cats are not social animals, many scientists assumed — and not as easy to work with. But recent studies have begun to plumb the depth of cats’ social lives. “This idea that cats don’t really care about people or respond to them isn’t holding up,” Dr. Vitale said.
It only gets better;
Other researchers have found that cats are sensitive to human emotion and mood, and that cats know their names. Scientists had arrived at conflicting findings about whether cats form attachments to their owners, however, so Dr. Vitale and her colleagues designed a study to more explicitly test the hypothesis. They recruited owners of 79 kittens and 38 adult cats to participate in a “secure base test,” an experiment commonly used to measure bonds that dogs and primates form with caretakers.
In the experiment, which lasted six minutes, cat and kitten owners entered an unfamiliar room with their animals. After two minutes, the owner left the room, leaving the cat or kitten alone — a potentially stressful experience for the animal. When the owner returned two minutes later, the researchers observed the feline’s response. About two-thirds of cats and kittens came to greet their owners when they returned, and then went back to exploring the room, periodically returning to their owners. These animals, the researchers concluded, were securely attached to their owners, meaning they viewed them as a safe base in an unfamiliar situation.
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