Cats Actually Love Humans
Sometimes it seems that cats prefer loneliness and do not like excessive attention. So we have decided to look into the matter and found interesting experimental results showing that this idea is far from the truth.
Not too long ago, a scientific study showed that cats actually enjoy social interaction with humans, and more evidence has recently emerged that these animals love our society even more than we think.
The first experiment involved adult cats from two groups: pets and animals from a shelter. Preferences were assessed, including social interaction, food, toys, and smell. In the experiments, it turned out that most cats most often prefer social interaction with people - even more often than food. This principle of behavior worked both in the group with animals from the shelter and with domestic cats.
Another study was led by Dr. Kristyn Vitale of Oregon State University and her team. They performed a test previously done to evaluate the behavior of dogs and young children.
The researchers placed cats (79 kittens and 38 adults) and their owners in an unfamiliar environment - a closed room for this experiment. After a few minutes, the animal owner created a potentially stressful situation for the cat by leaving the room for a while. The owner returned after 2 minutes, and the researchers observed how the cats behaved. In most cases, the cats met their owners and only after that continued exploring the area.
Nearly two-thirds of the adult cats (65.8%) and kittens (64.3%) in the experiment met their owners after returning to the room, which means they have a strong bond with their owners. And what numbers did the researchers get in the experiment with dogs and babies?
A 2018 study in dogs showed a 61% response rate, while 65% in infants. So if you think your cat doesn't like you very much, think again.
It is likely that in an unfamiliar environment, your pet would be delighted to have you. It's just that their reaction is not characterized by dynamic, communicative behavior, as, for example, in dogs.