If you believed that cats are egoists that only love food and sleep, you are wrong. A new study shows that these pets love human contact more than they love food. You can now show people that your cat really loves you.
The research from Oregon State University shows that cats love their owners. They are attached to us, even more than we believe. This study found that cats like human contact more than they like food. This is good news for cat owner who believed their cats stayed with them only for the food.
The paper that explains the connection between cats and their owner was published in the journal Behavioural Processes. There is a big difference between cats and dogs. These pets respond to different stimuli. This is why it is easier to train a dog than a cat.
In order to conduct this study, researchers took cats from their home or shelters and tested them. 50 cats were put to the test. They were deprived of human contact, scent, toys, and food. After a while, these stimuli were reintroduced. This way, researchers were able to see to which stimuli the cat responds better.
Most of these pets choose human contact over food and any other category. When they needed to elect only one stimulus, they preferred human socialization. Nonetheless, the researchers notated that not all the cats choose human contact over the other categories. This means that not every cat enjoys human touch.
The cats that came from the shelter were more likely to prefer human interaction over food. The ones that came from people’s homes probably knew that they can get both at the same time as well as toys and other things.
This study shows that most species prefer interaction over food. This is when they have food. The situation might be different when they are starving. Then, they will probably choose food in order to survive and leave the interaction for later.
“It is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for,” added the research
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