Cats have worked very hard to garner themselves a reputation for being both mysterious and quirky. Scientists have typically had a hard time deciphering Fluffy’s behaviors and traits, in large part because cata often refuse to cooperate in studies. However, a few recent studies have revealed some interesting things about our mysterious feline friends. A local vet lists some key ones below.
Yes, Fluffy Loves You
We love to joke about how cold and calculating Fluffy is, but that really isn’t the case. A study done in 2019 showed that our feline pals really do bond very closely with their humans. The study looked at 70 cats. The felines 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 kitties’ behavior upon seeing their humans again was classified as demonstrating ‘secure attachment’ to their owners.
Of course, this is old news to anyone with a kitty that is a bit of a lovebug!
In Fact, Fluffy Loves You More Than Food. Sorta.
Another study looked at whether cats prefer food to attention. The results were actually quite surprising! This study, done in 2017 by Oregon State University, tested both pet cats and shelter pets. The felines were given a choice of what they wanted to do. Their options? Eat, play, or hang out with humans. Most of the cats deliberately chose to interact with the humans. Food was the second choice.
Fluffy Really Does Know Her Name
This study, from 2019, monitored 78 cats to determine if they gave any reaction when their names were called. As researchers watched (and listened) cat owners said five words out loud. One of the words was the kitty’s name, and the other four were just generic, similar-sounding words. Then, 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. Of course, this also means that yes, your cat does sometimes deliberately ignore you when you call her. But, you probably knew that already.
They’re Good For Us
Here’s a surprising find: people with kitties tend to have better mental health than those who don’t have feline pals? Turns out that the affection, comfort, companionship, and, of course, live entertainment kitties provide is actually very beneficial to us! Other benefits of hanging out with Fluffy include better sleep, less anxiety, and lower hypertension. Fluffy may very well be the purrfect pet!
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