Believe It or Not, Cats Actually Like People
As the old saying has it, "cats rule, dogs drool." But if a new study's findings are right, in one respect cats and dogs are more alike than their respective fans would ever admit: namely, both like people. A lot.
The study by researchers at Monmouth University in New Jersey and Oregon State University and published in the journal Behavioural Processes found that many cats prefer to hang out and interact with humans, rather than doing almost anything else—and that includes eating. Of the 50 cats in the study, half chose human interaction over three other stimuli, including food, after the stimuli had been taken away for a few hours. Slightly more than a third of the cats elected to eat rather than interact with a person after the stimuli were reintroduced.
"While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency," the researchers noted, "we have found that 50 percent of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories."
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