Tell us about the moment you realised your cat loved you

Tell us about the moment you realised your cat loved you

Tell us about the moment you realised your cat loved you

"Like dogs, cats display social flexibility in regard to their attachments with humans. Our study indicates that when cats live in a state of dependency with a human, that attachment behavior is flexible and the majority of cats use humans as a source of comfort", Vitale explained in a university news release.

One revealing way to study human attachment behavior is to observe an infant's response to a reunion with their caregiver following a brief absence in a novel environment. When they're reunited, securely bonded babies return to exploring their surroundings in a relaxed way. "Rather than going back to exploring, they cling to their owner's lap, sometimes engaging in a kind of spinning behavior where they nearly can't get comfortable in the owner's lap".

The same tests have been simulated with primates as well.

Mikel Delgado, postdoctoral researcher of cat behavior at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, who did not work on the paper told Newsweek the study was limited because the results may be "greatly influenced by the personality of the kitten or cat and how comfortable they are in a unusual environment".

Researchers studied the felines by having cats and kittens individually spend two minutes in a room with their owner or caregiver.

For the study, researchers had cats participate in a "secure base test" - similar to those used to study baby and dog attachment behaviours. On the other hand, cats with an insecure attachment show signs of stress such as twitching their tail and licking their lips, and either stay away from the person (avoidance) or cling to them by jumping in their lap and not moving (ambivalence). The findings were published in Current Biology 23 September.

Your cat may often act indifferent, but deep down, Fluffy is as attached to you as your child or your dog, new research shows.

It's the first time that researchers have empirically demonstrated that cats display the same main attachment styles as babies and dogs, said study lead author Kristyn Vitale, a researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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"The majority of cats are looking to their owners to be a source of safety and security", Vitale said.

Even kittens who went through a 6-week socialization training course did not shift their bond with their owner.

"Domestic cats mirrored this very closely", Vitale says.

Many think of dogs as loyal, love-filled companions, and cats as cute beasts that tolerate us - but we might have to rethink that a little.

The bonding revelation gives the researchers hope for how many cats could be placed in homes in the future, especially given how many cats and kittens are present in animal shelters.

A three-phase test saw cats and owners reunited in a unusual room and the behaviour of the pet was assessed (pictured).

Considering cats retain certain juvenile traits into maturity and remain dependent on humans for care, it's not exactly shocking that adult and baby felines scored so similarly.

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