A scientific study concluded that about two thirds of cats are bonded to their human caregiver. They worked this out by taking a cat into a novel room, removing themselves from that room for two minutes and then returning to it to see the cat’s response. Cats who immediately became interactive and explored were deemed to be secure and bonded while cats who responded by demonstrating clinging or avoidance behaviours were deemed to be insecure individuals and not bonded in the way that they should be to their human caregivers. The figure of two thirds is in my view quite low and indicates that there needs to be an improvement in human caregiving of domestic cats. You will find that in multi-cat households the quality of caregiving is perhaps automatically lower because a lot of the time the cats are not matched for compatibility and therefore stresses can at least potentially build up which degrade the environment from the cat’s perspective.
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