Stop the presses, dogs may no longer be people's only best friends! Cats also fish to take on the mantle of our special friends after scientists have drawn some surprising conclusions in recent research.
Scientists at Oregon State University have conducted a study and proved that our favorite cats can form safe ties with their owners – just like doggos do. What this means is that cats, no matter how arrogant or distant they may act, really care about us and consider us their caretakers.
Scientists have discovered something great about cats!
Research into attachment behavior involves reuniting children with their parents or guardians after a short period of absence. Earlier, researchers discovered that human babies, baby monkeys and cute lil puppies can be confirmed safely or insecure to their parents. Of course scientists decided to also test the theory with kittens.
Research shows that cattos can form safe ties with their owners …
Well, scientists discovered that about two-thirds (or 65 percent to be precise) of kittens were securely tied to their owners. What's more, these tires remained firm into adulthood. The ratio of safe to uncertain sutures is almost identical to that found in human babies.
just like dogs, monkeys and even human babies!
But what exactly is (in) safe attachment? ? Well, it's pretty simple. A secure bond means that when the owner of a kitten returns to them, the catto will both watch them and explore the area. Meanwhile, an uncertain bond means that the kitten is severely stressed: it avoids its owner and has the body language of an anxious animal.
That means that two-thirds of the cats consider their owners their caretakers or even parents
We have study author and researcher Kristyn Vitale of the Human-Animal Interaction Lab interviewed at Oregon State University to hear more about her research and its implications.
"Although pets outnumber cats in many countries, including the United States, we still know little about cat behavior and human-cat interactions," Vitale said. "There has been relatively little research on the cat-human bond, especially if we compare it with the number of studies with dogs and people. "
" So our motivation was to bring more knowledge to this field. The research itself went very smoothly and we had no problems recruiting cats and owners to participate. In general, this was a fairly easy study to perform. "
Although catto's may seem arrogant and aloof, they really care about us
Vitale continued:" We found that the bonding band cats exhibit towards their owners is very similar to the bond that dogs share with their owners and even the bond that human babies & # 39; s show to their caregivers. The majority of individuals of all types are securely attached to their caregiver, meaning that they use their caregiver as a source of comfort and safety in an unknown situation. "
However, the researcher said there was some room for improving the study, and pointed to possible future studies.
" We hope this is the first of many projects involving cat-human adhesion is being investigated. Although we discovered that cats exhibit attachment behavior towards their owners, we still do not know which factors influence the formation of these attachment bonds or which factors can strengthen the bond between humans and cats. "
" In the future we will look at some of these questions. We are currently investigating how socialization options influence the formation of bonding relationships in asylum cats and ways to use this information to increase the adoption rates of asylum cats. "
Vitale also had this to say to Science Daily:" Like dogs, cats show social flexibility with regard to their attachment to humans. Most cats are securely attached to their owner and use them as a source of safety in a new environment. "
" Once an attachment style has been established between the cat and its caregiver, it appears to remain relatively stable over time, even after an intervention for training and socialization. Cats that are uncertain , can probably run and hide or behave aloof. There has long been a biased way of thinking that all cats behave this way. But most cats use their owner as a source of safety. Your cat depends on you to feel safe. if they are stressed, "Vitale explained.
Dogs may no longer be people's only best friends
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