Dog lovers always tell cat lovers that while the latter animal smells less, doesn’t need walking and is arguably more intelligent, they don’t like humans and are fundamentally selfish.
Cataholics have been vindicated, however, by a new study which relays the cheering news that cats don’t just enjoy human company – they pick it over food.
New research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, concludes that cats enjoy human contact more than eating.
Dispelling the rumour that cats are antisocial and the only love they show is cupboard love, they subjected cats to a series of tests to prove what they choose in different situations.
The researchers took 50 cats from shelters and peoples homes and deprived them of food, human contact, scent and toys for a few hours.
They then introduced them to stimuli within these four categories to see what they chose.
Most cats chose human socialisation over any of the other categories.
The authors of the study wrote: “While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency, we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.”
Source: The Telegraph