Cats are often shaded in a bad light for hating humans but a new study says they actually like people more than we think. In a research conducted on the cute creature, it was discovered their snobbish and aloof behaviour may simply be misunderstood.
The trio, Kristyn Vitale Shreve, Lindsay Mehrkam and Monique Udell who conducted the experiment with Oregon State University and Monmouth University noted that Felis catus have complex socio-cognitive problem-solving abilities.
Evidence that Cats Likes their owners
In order to assess the degree to which the felines like (or are stimulated by) certain things, the researchers tested reactions from two groups of 19 cats each—those living with people and those living in a shelter. The pets were kept separated for two and a half hours and were then watched as they were presented with three items from one of four category types: food, scent, toy and human interaction.
The researchers mixed up the stimuli for the different cats to get a better read on which they found the most stimulating. The degree of preference for any one stimulus was judged by which stimulus the cat went for first and how and for how long it interacted with it.
Researchers found that overall social interaction with humans was the stimulus most preferred. That is, half of the cats chose interacting with a human above anything else offered, which included food—they spent on average 65% of their time interacting with a person.
Hilarious Facts About Cats
1. One legend claims cats were created when a lion on Noah’s Ark sneezed and two kittens came out.
2. When they leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you.
3. Hearing is the strongest of cat’s senses: They can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz — compared with humans, who can hear only as high as 20 kHz. They have 20 muscles that control their ears.
4. Contrary to what we believe, cats don’t eat raw fish.
5. The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human owner passed away and left her fortune to him.
6. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
7. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.
8. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs, and one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
9. They can survive falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.
10. A group of cats is called a clowder.
11. Evidence suggests that domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
12. In ancient Egypt, killing a cat is forbidden partly because they provided the great service of controlling the rat population. They were also mythic symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt.
13. The animal was pronounced demonic in the 15th century by Pope Innocent VIII and gave orders to began killing of cats – It’s no wonder why the animal is widely hated in Nigeria.
14. Cats can’t taste sweetness. When they grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting,” – using an extra organ, with some breathing control, allows them to taste-sense the air.
15. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog’s 160 million.
16. They have a lower social IQ than dogs but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it, as well as a longer-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.
17. A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s, which explains why cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.
18. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans. They also recognise their owner’s voice but just acts too majestic to care (probably because they are).
19. A study claims cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10. They can change their meow to manipulate a human and often imitate a human baby when they need food.
20. Abraham Lincoln is said to have kept four cats in the US White House, and when asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly replied “cats.”
21. The first cat in space was French named Felicette, or “Astrocat.” She also survived the trip.
22. The reason why they are able to squeeze through very small spaces is because they have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs.
23. Most cats don’t like water because their cool and soft coat do not insulate them well.
24. They can be domestic or wild animals.
25. They are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs in the US.