Scientists Prove That Your Cat Really Does Love You Back

A study of 50 cats has found that felines prefer spending time with humans to eating food and playing with toys

Specialists indicate that cats might like their owners better than food. They're known for being aloof, spoiled, and entitled - kind of like millennials with fur.

New research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, states that cats enjoy human contact more than they like eating.

So how do researchers know that?

The study involved 50 adult cats taken from two populations: pet and shelter. The researchers left the cats without human interaction, food and toys for several hours.

These results are probably a shock to just about anyone who has ever owned a cat, and adds an entire new layer of guilt for the times we have to leave those purrfect little bundles of cuteness alone when we go to work. "Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us are exactly what cats do to each other".

Great news for cat people. In a surprising twist to most, the cats chose that human interaction over food. Kittens express their warm feelings and happiness by fluffing out the base of their tail while quivering it. Cats also simultaneously hold their tails upright with a slight curve at the top when they feel good.

The study titled Social interaction, food, scent or toys? Translation: their reputation as fierce, unloving rulers of their domain is so strong that we need science to counteract it.

It may seem gross to find your pet cat bringing you dead animals but it actually sees this gesture as a way of showing love.

Never show a cat you care about something unless you want it to be subjected to your kitty's mischievous whims.

During the sessions, the researchers noted how engaged the cats were and how much time the animals devoted to the different activities. So for example in the scent category, a cat would have three scents to choose from - catnip, gerbil, or a odd cat - and the preference was determined by which one the subject contacted/interacted with for the longest period.

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