Cats Like People (Really!)

Do cats like being around people, or are they only using humans to open doors and operate can openers and giving a good back scratch. A study suggests that human contact is more important to cats than previously suspected. While it is commonly accepted that dogs enjoy and seek the company and attention of people, cats typically need more sleep and less daily maintenance than dogs, they have earned a reputation (particularly among dog owners) for being nonchalant, and less interested in the affection and approval of people. However, when researchers investigated cats’ preferences for food, toys and social interaction with people, most of the cats sought human attention over everything else — even food. In other words, cats like us! The study originated at Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction lab. Scientists tested groups of cats between the ages of 1 and 20. After giving them many distractions, 19 of the test cats, chose people over all else, spending 65 percent of the time enjoying the company of humans…..Ed
Source:Mindy Weisberger/Photo: Amiya Nanda

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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