Many a joke exists about cats plotting our demise. Hell, there’s even books about it. But, contrary to what you might think, cats actually do like people.
A new study done by researchers at Oregon State University and New Jersey’s Monmouth University has come to the conclusion that cats are more fond of us than we thought.
They borrowed 50 cats from shelters and private homes and took away 4 types of stimuli—food, toys, smells, and human interaction—for a few hours. Then, in order to deduce which stimuli the cats preferred, they reintroduced them.
Turns out, most of the kitties preferred people, but food, no surprise, was a close second.
“While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency,” the researchers wrote, “we have found that 50 percent of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.”
37% of the felines went for the grub.
While this is good news for cat owners, my question is: How did they reintroduce the cats to the stimuli? Did they put all 4 out at once and see which ones the cats went to? If not, and each stimuli was introduced separately, then how did they determine exactly what the cats liked?
What do you think?
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