Researchers say cats tend to be independent, unlike dogs. To be more precise, cats don’t actually need their owners to look after themselves. Domestic, adult cats tend to be self-centered.
Moreover, cats seem to not show signs of anxiety due to separation from their owners. Unlike man’s best friend, the adorable furry creatures we call dogs, cats prefer to look after themselves, not necessarily needing protection, according to researchers at the University of Lincoln.
But this could mean that if a cat loves its owner, they could be prone to prefer being with them, animal behaviorists said.
A Professor of Veterinary Behavioral Medicine at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences, Daniel Mills, reported that cats tend to be the preferred pet by many people, especially Europeans, many of them thinking of the furry critters as ideal companions. This is most likely valid for those who spend a lot of time at work.
Prof. Mills explained that cats were probably more independent than canines, whereas they seem to not show signals of separation anxiety when they’re left alone. Previous research seemed to pinpoint that they actually would show symptoms of frustration, but the current research tends to reveal that they don’t, or, at least not as much as dogs.
Therefore, prof. Mills and his team conducted an experiment, monitoring 20 cats when placed in a new environment, either with their owner, with a stranger or by themselves.
The experiment was aimed at monitoring first and foremost whether the cats in question would seek contact, whether they showed signs of distress in the instance of their owner not being with them. Scientists also wanted to observe the cats’ passive behavior. Thus, Mills explained that the relationship between a cat and its owner wasn’t necessarily one that implied attachment.
The research team pointed out that
“cats are much more autonomous when it comes to coping with unusual situations.”
However, even if cats might develop affection towards their owners, this does not happen on the same level that involves dogs, as canines are truly loyal to the person who cares for them.
Celia Haddon, cat expert, explained that cats
“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.”
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