Most cat-owners have, at least once, thought that their cats despise them. Cats are among the most independent animals in the entire world. Although we shower them with expensive cat toys and supplies, they might seem to act distant.
It’s heartbreaking to think that cats might not love you like the same way. However, a new study published in the Current Biology journal on September 23 proves that our beloved cats also share a similar bond to us. (image source)
The study will be used primarily for solving the overpopulation of animals in the shelters. The results came as a heartwarming surprise to many. The findings show that similar children and dogs, cats also form bonds toward those who take care of them.
One of the researchers, Kristyn Vitale of Oregon State University, says:
“Like dogs, cats display social flexibility in regard to their attachments with humans. The majority of cats are securely attached to their owner and use them as a source of security in a novel environment.”
The conducted experiment, which mirrored other ‘attachment tests’ for dogs and primates, involved kittens. In a room, a kitten or adult cat stays with a caretaker for two minutes. Then, the caretaker leaves the cat or kitten for another two minutes on its own. After the mark, they will have another two-minute reunion.
The researchers were surprised when the results came out showing that cats and kittens react almost similarly to infants to their caregiver. They classified about 65% of both cats and kittens as securely bonded to their people.