Study reveals that cats don't depend on us like dogs do, but they stick around anyway.
Unfortunately, your feline friend doesn’t need you as much as you think she does, but on the bright side, that means your cat sticks around because she wants to.
To determine whether cats needed their owners to feel safe, researchers adapted the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test, which has been widely used to measure the bond between children and pet dogs to their primary caregiver.
They placed 20 cats in an unfamiliar room with their owners, with a stranger and by themselves, and researchers observed the felines’ behavior in all scenarios.
“In strange situations, attached individuals seek to stay close to their carer, show signs of distress when they are separated and demonstrate pleasure when their attachment figure returns,” said Mills. However, he didn’t see this type of distress in the 20 cats.
"Being held or stroked for too long can be very stressful for some cats," Nicky Trevorrow, Cats Protection’s behavior manager, said. "Space and peace is often what they need. They're not small furry humans, so what would comfort us won't necessarily comfort them."