Domestic cats miss their families
study Cats also love their owners
Most cats wanted to be close to their owner
The researchers observed the behavior of the animals and were able to assign 70 of the 79 cats to a certain type of attachment. The surprising result: Of these 70 cats, 64.3 percent showed signs of a secure and solid bond. These cats meow a lot in the absence of their owner and were visibly stressed. However, this stress subsided immediately when their carers returned - the house tigers sought the closeness of "their" human, stopped meowing and continued to explore the room. The remaining cats continued to be anxious and particularly clingy after the owner returned - others paid little attention to their owners.
Finally, the researchers repeated the experiment with 38 adult cats. There, too, there were similar results - which, according to the scientists, shows that cats behave similarly even after they are young when it comes to bonding with their owners.
Cats are aloof - a prejudice!
The results are very similar to the results obtained in similar tests with children: 65 percent of the children showed a close bond with their mothers. "Domestic cats mirror this in a very similar way," said Kristyn Vitale of Oregon State University in the United States. Their social flexibility could have paved the way for cats into people's households.
For the majority of cats, their owner is a source of comfort and security, according to Vitale. It is therefore a prejudice that all cats are distant and consider humans merely as providers.
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