Are Cats Attached To Their Owners

Submitted by: Gerry1of1 3 years ago in Science

Science explores the question.
There are 32 comments:
Male 1,154
Have they tried this with teenage boys? cause i think they too would be affectionate to the hot female stranger.
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Female 1,803
"They will continue to eat food provided until there is physical discomfort from a too full stomach."

No, that would be dogs. My cats routinely leave food in their bowls and come back to it later in the day. I throw away the wet food that gets too dried out after a couple hours.
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Male 90
I have 3 cats that I adore. However,I know that cats curl up to your or sit in your lap because they want warmth not your affection.
Cats do not have the same hunger "switch" that humans do. They will continue to eat food provided until there is physical discomfort from a too full stomach. When they follow it is because they want food, not your attention.
Cats rub up against you and "headbutt" you not because they care but rather to mark you as being safe with their own scent.
In general, cats view humans more as providers of things they want. They care for us in their own way but are far more independent of our feelings then we are of theirs.
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Female 3,696
Lol my cat is so codependent I was just hanging up Christmas lights and my cat had to be sitting on the chair I`m standing on, and then she just curled up on my feet as I finished what I was doing.
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Male 2,376
i`m not even genna get into this cat ppl are cray.
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Female 1,803
"Maybe that`s why I like them more. They like me, but they don`t have to cling to me for their every want and desire or happiness."

Exactly. I think all this proves is that a cat doesn`t have the emotions of a baby like dogs do. My cats follow me everywhere in the house, even after they have eaten so it`s not just for food. I`ve been painting cabinet doors in the basement and keep them locked out. Every time I come out of the basement, they are waiting on the steps for me. I came home from a business trip once and the girl cat got so excited she peed while I pet her. When I go outside to leave, they sit in the window and watch me drive out of the driveway. They greet me at the door when I get home. BS that cats don`t love their owners.
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Male 1,106
Maybe that`s why I like them more. They like me, but they don`t have to cling to me for their every want and desire or happiness.
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Male 450
I call bull****, my cat is waiting at the door for me every day when I get home from work, and curled up next to me under the blanket every night. If something scares her she`s glued to me for days.
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Male 5,811
No pmarren yet?


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Male 2,850
@patchouly

"When they are outdoor cats, they tend to be more independent and could take or leave you."

I don`t think that`s true at all. Independent, yes, but I certainly think they form attachments to the people that they live with.

The fact that he could leave at any time if he wanted to, but chooses to stay with me, makes his affection mean more to me than an animal that I`ve kept trapped and without a choice to be with me.
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Male 4,745
When a cat is an indoor cat, they form the same bond with their owners as dogs do. When they are outdoor cats, they tend to be more independent and could take or leave you.

Our cats, over the years, have always been indoor cats. They will come when you call them, are able to learn tricks with just petting as a reward and will even sit at the door an meow when we leave and rush to greet us when we get home. Our cats is basically the same as our dog, only without the needy wanting 100% attention all the time, thing.
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Male 4,745
Probably an outdoor cat.
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Female 2,691
But, there really is a Santa Claus, right? Right?
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Male 1,983
HEY! This was the link I posted yesterday!!!
Why is Gerry getting the credit?
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Male 3,147
One of my past cats used to follow me to the pub and sit and wait outside meowing till I was ready to go and then he`d follow me home again happy. When I had cancer he only ever left my side when I was in the hospital.

Then again I`ve had other cats that didn`t seem to care less who was the one putting out the food.
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Female 231
I can attest to the opposite. I had to move away, and some neighbors adopted my cat. When I went back to visit him, he jumped into my arms and wouldn`t let me go.

He was also the sort of cat who would bite any newcomers, and refused to sleep in my roommates rooms.

Dogs are far more affectionate, because they seek the same affirmation of love that humans seek. Cats don`t need that, and willingly abstain from being involved in family moments.

As a standard, (I use the term loosely because I know it`s different from animal to animal) Dogs are more extroverted while cats remain introverted based on the instinctual needs of the animal.

The test doesn`t prove that the owners aren`t loved back, it proves that cats are less aware of the owners presence telling them what is and is not acceptable.
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Male 1,364
meh. humans and dogs are social creatures, they naturaly live in groups. so its only reasonable for them to show strong social bonding.
cats are rogues, so they dont have to.
simple as that.
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Male 15,190
Psychologist doesn`t get cats. My cat won`t come from hiding unless I or my parents are the only people present. Then she spends half getting to know me again.

The reason is this experiment is based on a human model. Humans are social. Cats are loners. A cat reunited with another cat that it loves and trusts may not show human-like behaviour. That doesn`t mean the cat doesn`t love its owner, but is just less needy.
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Female 3,696
I live with roommates and when I`m not home my cat apparently very rarely leaves my room. When I am home and in the common area of the house, she will lie on the couch, and in front of the fire, but when I get up to leave she will follow me into the bathroom or my bedroom. She also greets me at the door.
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Male 39,619

@ robthelurker, you sound like my kinda guy! ... drunk.

Here`s a synopsis for you. They show the baby who clearly is attached to the mom. Same experiment with a dog, obviously attached to the master. Same experiment with a cat - Couldn`t give a rats ass less if you were there or not.
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Male 919
Very flawed experiment. For one thing, they seem to have based it on one cat. I`ve never met two cats that have had even similar personalities. Furthermore, even if there is any merit to the experiment, it just shows that cats are more individualistic. The experiment is trying to test if a cat is like a dog. Um... duh! Of course not. Just because a cat doesn`t love the same way a dog or a human baby loves, doesn`t mean that they don`t love. Yeah, I realize that if I were to die alone in my house, my 8 cats would probably eat me. So what? Maybe that`s how they show their love, and what do I care... I`d be dead. May as well give something back to them after I`m gone.
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Male 3,627
i didnt bother to watch the video because im a little too drunk to have an attention span that lasts longer than 4 minutes, but i would like to say no, my cat is not attached to me. all i am to my cat is the thing that feeds it, cleans its litterbox, and provides a source of heat at night. if i were to die, my cat would probably eat me.
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Male 337
The cat should be sitting in the chair and the human owner introduced to the room. Cats know they are superior to us. They tolerate us. They do value us and seem to appreciate what we do for them. If they can adapt to another human quickly if we are no longer on the scene, I think that is wonderful. Notice that cats always have your back.
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Male 39,619

piperfawn, what you say may be true {probably not but "May" be true} but you re missing the point. The question is "Are cats attached to their owners" the answer is "Only when their claws are embedded in their flesh".

As you pointed out, a dog is so attached he`ll die at your tomb rather than be separated from you.
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Male 7,774
Haha, actually seen this before. Cats couldn`t give two f****.
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Female 2,761
piper you gave me a headache
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Male 5,148
Gerry and you think that is stupid? For you is more intelligent a cat that want to survive or a dog that die on the tomb of his "owner". If you watch the "moral" all prefere the dog but the result is that the cat survive the dog maybe not.
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Male 39,619

I already knew my husband`s cats didn`t give a schitt if we lived or died. If we live we feed them. If we die they`ll eat us.
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Female 2,761
So my cat is exactly what I thought he was? A heat leech.

ass hole.
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Male 1,257
Doggie love you no matter what. Kitty says show me your resume.
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Male 5,148
Cats are awesome! They are really smart cause they have understood really soon that we are a failed species. They just can control us and not be controlled by us.
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Male 39,619
Link: Are Cats Attached To Their Owners [Rate Link] - Science explores the question.
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