Research Reveals That Cats Don’t Feel Attached To Their Owners

New research from animal behaviour specialists at the University of Lincoln published in PLOS ONE that says cats don’t feel attached to their owners.

They make great pets as they’re independent and fine to be left alone for long periods of time. Researchers found that domestic adult cats don’t look to their human owners to feel safe and secure. The Ainsworth Strange Situation Test was used to measure “secure attachment” between 20 cats and their owners. The cats were placed in strange environments in plain rooms by itself and then with their owners. The cats seemed to be vocal when their owners left, but “it seems that what we interpret as separation anxiety might actually be signs of frustration.”

On the other hand, the canine companion showed more dependence than cats on their owners. The fact that cats don’t need humans to feel security doesn’t mean that they don’t love their cat-whispering owners. “Cats are not pack animals, they don’t depend on other cats. So they are not going to depend on their owners. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to be around their owners. This shows that they really do.”

I guess you should take it as a compliment that your cat is staying with you. They would leave if they didn’t like you.


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