Study validates cat-human relationships for cat owners
posted at 12:03 pm on January 10, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
This is from last year, but it popped up on my radar for the first time yesterday. Since the Internet is so cat-friendly, here ya go. Awww, yeah. Told you, dog people!
The bond between cats and their owners turns out to be far more intense than imagined, especially for cat aficionado women and their affection reciprocating felines, suggests a new study.
Cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it’s not just for the sake of obtaining food, according to the new research, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Behavioural Processes.
The study is the first to show in detail that the dynamics underlying cat-human relationships are nearly identical to human-only bonds, with cats sometimes even becoming a furry “child” in nurturing homes.
The idea of a cat lady is just science, then, not a stereotype. I will say this part is not true in my house (she much prefers my husband if she has the choice), but I also have a dog-like cat who comes when you call her and greets you at the door when you come home, so who knows?
While cats have plenty of male admirers, and vice versa, this study and others reveal that women tend to interact with their cats — be they male or female felines — more than men do.
“In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently, and initiate contact more frequently (such as jumping on laps) than they do with male owners,” co-author Manuela Wedl of the University of Vienna told Discovery News, adding that “female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners.”