Cat-lovers rejoice; a new study has revealed that cats actually do form bonds with their owners.
Cat owners will be well acquainted with the aloof ways of their furry friends. Cats show their love in often interesting ways — a dead mouse dropped on your doormat isn’t the most traditional ‘I love you’ gift, but it’s the thought that counts.
Well, if you’ve ever wondered if your cat feels like they truly need you around, a new study has shown they do. The research conducted by Oregon State University shows that cats form bonds with their owners in the same way dogs and babies do.
For the study, researchers observed a total of 70 kittens between the ages of three and eight months. First, the cats were put in a room with their owners for two minutes, then, separate for the same amount of time, returning for a two-minute reunion. About 64% of the kittens displayed a secure attachment to their owner.
Your cat shows attachment through greeting you when you come home, following you around the house, lying near you and — the ultimate compliment — the “eye kiss”.
“If your kitty first stares at you, then blinks, then opens his eyes wide, then slowly blinks a second time, he’s telling you he loves and trusts you. It’s the equivalent of being kissed!” — Dr Karen Becker.
Well there you have it! Your feline friend reciprocates the love you show them — and not just because there are Dreamies in the kitchen drawer.