Scientists from the US state of Oregon found that cats still love their owners, although this love has a certain connotation — the same way human children love their parents. And this feeling, as you know, has its own conventions.
It’s another matter how cat specialists understood this. Of course, not with the help of a social survey of cats, but through an experiment in which 80 cats and as many people took part.
Scientists from the University of Oregon refute the myth of the absolute independence of cats
Beings tamed by humans about 9,000 thousand years ago are still a mystery to specialists regarding their psychology (unlike dogs).
Do they love people or use them indifferently? Do they have special feelings for their masters, or will they treat any kindly and reverent people equally? Do they have a desire for socialization or are they independent and go on their own?
Some of these questions seem to be answered.
In fact, cats have a psychological connection with their owners, a la child-parent
This special relationship of young children to their parents is especially pronounced in the absence of the latter. No, cats don’t care if you left or not when they are in an unknown place.
Experts obtained such data through an experiment.
It was attended by 79 cats (mostly kittens aged 3 to 8 months, but there were adult cats older than a year) with their owners. Such an experiment, by the way, has already been conducted with dogs, monkeys and young children.
Scientists left cats with their people in a small room for two minutes, after which they asked the two-legs to go out, also for two minutes, and then return again. At this time, the behavior of the caudate became the object of observation.
An example of an experiment: 7-year-old handsome male and his mistress
In the absence of the owners, the cats began to get nervous, meow, examine the room and look for a way out. After the people returned, some cats continued to behave in the same way, some completely avoided the person, but most still decided to interact with their man, probably feeling safe next to him.
The owner came out, the cat is nervous and is looking for a way out
The mistress returned, the cat approached her, feline noting her presence
But still, the cat continued to explore an unknown room
Yes, this guy is already an adult, therefore, although he is pleased with the hostess (mother), he is used to independently looking for a solution to all problems.
7-month-old cat. After returning, ran to his mother, but after that, also went to inspect the room
Another 8-month-old kitten immediately rushed to the mistress and lay down on her lap
And this 6-month-old baby without owner at first timidly sat in the corner
But then neatly got to the mistress
The results of the experiment showed that under the given conditions ~ 65% of the cats were in contact with the owners
Similar indicators were demonstrated by children.
Study author Vitale Shreve K.R.:
Like dogs, cats are socially flexible in their affection for humans. Most cats have a strong relationship with their owner and see it as a source of security in the new environment.
Thus, two-thirds of cats consider people their guardians or even parents!
Congratulations, now you can officially have the title of mom or dad of your cat(s)! (If your cat does not belong to 35% of the self-proclaimed street children).