Many cat owners felt disappointed to find out that a study revealed that cats do not perceive themselves to be dependent on their masters.
However, they would be wise to reevaluate the situation, because the findings of the study are actually pretty flattering for the majority of cat owners out there.
The study was led by Veterinary Behavioral Medicine Professor, Daniel Mills of the University of Lincoln, who developed a specialized version of the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (SST), that has previously demonstrated the bond between dongs and children.
Professor Mills’ experiment included 20 feline participants who were placed in an entirely new environment in three types of different situations: together with their masters, alone and together with strangers.
The study revealed that the cats were actually focused on securing their own place in the new environment and that the presence of the owner did not in fact make much of a difference.
This is a notion that could be easily corroborated by any fraidy cat owner, who knows for a fact that his furry companion will hurry to its trusted hiding place each and every single time somebody new comes into the home or at the slightest sound or movement that the cat interprets as danger.
“Our findings don’t disagree with the notion that cats develop social preferences or close relationships, but they do show that these relationships [are not]based on a need for safety and security” said Professor Mills.
Therefore, cat owners who have a close relationship with their furry sidekicks should feel honored to know that the animal’s love has nothing, or little to do with the fact that they provide them with boarding and a few meals a day, but everything to do with an actual genuine connection that has been established between the cat and the human.
Professor Mills’ study was published in the scientific journal Plos One and it reinforced the independent nature of a cat’s persona, because the felines did not seek help from their human companions when placed in a new and potentially dangerous situation, but proceeded to find a quick and efficient solution for themselves.
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