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Why do cats love us less than dogs?

There is a common misconception that cats love us less than dogs. However, this opinion is misleading and does not have any scientific evidence.

A study was recently published Alice Potter and Daniel Mills on this topic. It was attended by twenty pairs of cats and their owners.

The cats were placed in two rooms with two chairs (one for the owner and one for a person unknown to the cat) along with some cat toys.

The video camera recorded the interaction between each cat, owner and stranger during various activities. The owners and strangers left and returned to the room, and the scientists recorded the reaction of the cat.

The researchers used such an experiment to evaluate the behavior of cats in terms of how attached they are to their caregivers.

During the test, the animals were more active when their owners left the room. Researchers have indeed found that many aspects of cat behavior are not consistent with attachment characteristics.

However, they also noted that the test does not take into account whether there might be differences in affection between cats that are exclusively pets and those that regularly go out on their own.

The scientists also noted that the tests they used may not have been an effective tool for determining cats’ attachment to caregivers.

In particular, they said that their study does not confirm the fact that cats do not have any loving and tender feelings for their owner, but rather that people are a kind of security for the furry creature.

This means that cats perceive relationships with a person differently than dogs. We are a source of security, good food and entertainment for them.

And this does not mean that cats use us for profit. They just perceive these relationships differently.

In the described experiment, the cats did not get bored and did not wait longingly for their owner when he left the room. The same can be said about dogs. But different animals express affection in different ways. Cats do not tend to show their longing as brightly as dogs.

Also among cats, such strong bonds between each other are not common, as in dogs.

After all, historically, cats are more solitary hunters and do not need close interaction with social groups in order to survive. Unlike dogs, which live much longer with humans, cats do not find it necessary to have very close interactions with humans. However, they clearly form social bonds with their owners and exhibit “affectionate” behavior, as well as preferring their owners to strangers.

To sum it up, don’t let conventional wisdom make you question your cat’s love. They love you, but with a different love!

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