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