Things We’ve Recently Learned About Cats

As you may know, cats have a reputation for being both mysterious and quirky. Scientists have typically had a hard time deciphering some of those unique kitty behaviors and traits, in large part because Fluffy often refuses to cooperate in studies. However, a few recent studies have revealed some interesting things about our mysterious feline pals. A local vet lists some key ones below.

Yes, Fluffy Does Loves You

We love to joke about how cold and calculating cats can be, but to be fair, that really isn’t the case. A study done back in 2019 showed that our feline pals really do bond with their humans. The study looked at 70 cats. The felines were put into rooms with their owners for two minutes. They were then left alone for two minutes, after which their owners returned. The kitties showed signs that researchers classified as demonstrating ‘secure attachment’ to their owners. This is of course not exactly shocking news to anyone with an affectionate feline!

In Fact, Fluffy Loves You More Than Food

Another interesting study of feline behavior looked at whether cats prefer food to attention. The results were quite surprising! This study, which was done in 2017 by Oregon State University, tested both pet kitties and shelter cats. The felines were given a choice of what they wanted to do most: eat, play, or hang out with their humans. Most of the cats chose to interact with the humans. Food was the second choice.

Fluffy Does Know Her Name

This study, from 2019, monitored 78 kitties to see if they gave any reaction to hearing their names called. As researchers watched (and listened) cat owners said five words. One word was the kitty’s name, while the other four were just generic, similar-sounding words. In a variation, they had strangers tell the kitties the exact same words. As it turned out, Fluffy did respond differently when she heard her name. Of course, this also means that yes, your cat sometimes does ignore you when you call her.

They’re Good For Us

Did you know that people with kitties tend to have better mental health overall than those who don’t have feline pals? The affection, comfort, companionship, and, of course, live entertainment kitties provide is actually very beneficial to us! Other benefits of having a feline pal include better sleep, less anxiety, and lower hypertension. Fluffy may very well be the purrfect pet!

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