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New Study: Domestic Cats Most Like to Interact with Humans — 3 Comments

  1. The persons who did this study failed to include one very important stimulus, the company of other cats. If interaction with humans is the only game in town and the choice of spending time with others of their own species is not an option to be included in the study, I have to question its validity. I have been doing cat rescue/have a sanctuary for nearly 30 years and I have some cats that despite having them for a number of years and some even since they were kittens, they do not choose to interact with me period…my being the one who delivers the food to them is the only time they welcome being touched and some not even then. Most of them do eventually decide that being friendly with a human and actually like interacting with me not just for the food factor is something they will choose to do, but others prefer the company of their own kind paws down, and only tolerate my presence. It would seem their study was a bit prejudiced with only very friendly domestic cats included…it does not say whether or not the cats in their study were solo cats or came from a multi-cat home. It also did not say what the shelter environment was like…were the cats able to have freedom in a room or were they kept isolated in the typical cages…in which case having a chance to interact with a human versus being kept in a stainless steel cubicle with no stimlation and typical junk kibble for food would not be much of a stretch to choose interaction with a human over nothing. stimulationufschoice

  2. I’ve been been very objective in studying cats as companions, constantly asking myself the same questions that doubters do. To put it briefly, dogs are hard-wired to be near us, even depend on us for every decision there is to make and how to act. Cats aren’t, and I think that’s a good thing, because if given some attention, affection and reason to trust us, they choose to. They make a conscious choice that, yeah, my human is cool to me and “likes” my company. I don’t have to, I want to. My cats follow me around, sleep with me on my bed, listen to me when I call them and genuinely like me in an honest way, by choice. They are genuinely loyal, by choice, not just genetics or habit.

  3. These conclusions are very debatable. A cat only needs to spend a few minutes each day eating and to use that necessarily limited time as a measure of reduced importance compared to the much longer time spend enjoying human company is patently ridiculous. The cat to human relationship is a continuation of the kitten to mother relationship wherein food is the primary concern. Protection, warmth, and what is seen as affection are consequential follow-ons, but develop an importance all of their own.

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