Friday, February 25, 2011

Cats bond with women -- and not just for food

The bond between cats and their owners turns out to be far more intense than imagined, especially for cat-aficionado women and their affection-reciprocating felines, suggests a new study.

Cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it's not just for the sake of obtaining food, according to the new research, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Behavioural Processes.

The study is the first to show in detail that the dynamics underlying cat-human relationships are nearly identical to human-only bonds, with cats sometimes even becoming a furry "child" in nurturing homes.

"Food is often used as a token of affection, and the ways that cats and humans relate to food are similar in nature to the interactions seen between the human caregiver and the pre-verbal infant," co-author Jon Day, a Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition researcher, told Discovery News. "Both cat and human infant are, at least in part, in control of when and what they are fed!"

... "A relationship between a cat and a human can involve mutual attraction, personality compatibility, ease of interaction, play, affection and social support," co-author Dorothy Gracey of the University of Vienna explained. "A human and a cat can mutually develop complex ritualized interactions that show substantial mutual understanding of each other's inclinations and preferences." ...

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Patrick said...

Odd that this article makes no mention of Toxoplasma gondii.

Mirlen101 said...

I just feed it so it'll leave me alone ! ;-|

ileana said...

i love cats, they're so fluffy, so soft, so ... :)

hey, here's what i found (on Alaje's site "Q and A" at

1) Question: Can animals like cats and dogs see things that we humans can’t see?

(alaje's) Answer: Yes

2) Question: You say that dolphins are incarnated extraterrestrials? So can you tell me more of those extraterrestrials who are on animal form? I have a cat, so i have always thought, that it is more intelligent than me. Could it be possible, that the cats are extraterrestrials, because they sure look like they are?

(alaje's) Answer: Well, there are extraterrestrials with cat heads, or dog heads.