Cats ARE as interested in their owners as dogs are! Felines track humans as they move around the house and are surprised if they appear somewhere they’re not expecting them, study finds

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  • New study shows that cats appear to track humans as they walk around the house
  • The aim was to dispel the myth that dogs are more interested in their owners than cats
  • 50 domestic cats were individually locked inside a room and played the owner’s voice
  • When the speaker was moved further away it seemed to surprise the animals
  • This suggests that cats are a mental representation of where their owners are

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It is often thought that dogs are more interested in their owners than cats.

But a new study suggests that may not be the case, after discovering that kittens roaming around the house appear to track humans and wonder if they turn somewhere they expect them to. are not.

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The researchers recorded what happened when 50 domestic cats were individually locked inside a room and either the voice of their owner or the voice of a stranger calling the animal’s name from one of two speakers.

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Keen interest: Research finds that cats appear to track their owners as they move about the house and wonder if they turn somewhere they are not expecting them (stock image)

Researchers recorded what happened when 50 domestic cats were locked separately inside a room and played their owner's voice while calling the animal's name from one of two speakers

Researchers recorded what happened when 50 domestic cats were locked separately inside a room and played their owner’s voice while calling the animal’s name from one of two speakers

‘CAT’ Guidelines

Based on a study of interactions between humans and 100 felines at the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home Cattery, Dr. Finka and his colleagues came up with the ‘cat’ guidelines:

  • C: give your cats like And Control To talk or not.
  • a: Salary Attention For your pet’s behavior and body language.
  • Tea: Think about where you are on your cat’s body touching,
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Another group of people, who were not animal behaviorists, rated the cats’ surprise levels on a scale of 0 to 4 based on certain ear and head movements.

The team from Japan then played a sound on another speaker, which seemed to surprise the cats, showing that the animals had a mental representation of where their owner was and that they were surprised when they appeared to be walking.

Lead author Dr Saho Takagi from Kyoto University said: ‘It is said that cats are not as interested in their owners as dogs are, but we were skeptical.

‘This study shows that cats can mentally map their location based on their owner’s voice.

,[It suggests] That cats have in their mind the ability to portray the invisible. cat’s [may] The mind is much deeper than it is thought.’

The authors stated that their research indicates that ‘Previously unknown socio-spatial cognitive abilities’ in cats.

‘Socio-spatial cognition appears to be strongly related to object permanence, the feature that allows children to eventually represent an object that falls out of sight,’ he said.

Cats succeed in “visible displacement” tasks where they represent an object that was previously in sight but is no longer there.

‘We found that cats show similar abilities using only auditory information; They retain a representation of their unseen master by his voice.

Another group of people, who were not animal behaviorists, rated the cats' surprise levels on a scale of 0 to 4 based on certain ear and head movements.

Another group of people, who were not animal behaviorists, rated the cats’ surprise levels on a scale of 0 to 4 based on certain ear and head movements.

‘We cannot conclude that the cats perceive “invisible displacement” from our results because it is not clear whether the cats were surprised by the owner’s presence at an unexpected location or by his apparent absence at the expected location.’

Roger Tabor, a biologist and presenter of the BBC TV series Cats, said the findings were not surprising, as tracking down things they cannot see is ‘critical to a cat’s survival’.

‘What a cat has to interpret in its territory is its awareness of where the other cats are,’ he said. Guardian,

Lead author Dr Saho Takagi from Kyoto University said: 'It is said that cats are not as interested in their owners as dogs are, but we were skeptical.

Lead author Dr Saho Takagi from Kyoto University said: ‘It is said that cats are not as interested in their owners as dogs are, but we were skeptical.

‘It’s also important for hunting: how can a cat catch a field rolling under the grass if it can’t use clues, such as the occasional rustle, in its mind’s eye to see what it is’? where are they?

‘The owner of the cat is extremely important in his life as a source of food and protection, so where we are is very important.’

The study was published in the journal one more,

Five relationship styles between cats and humans

codependent relationship

This cat has often become dependent on an emotionally invested owner (the cat is very important to the owner, possibly viewed as family or a great friend).

The owner usually plays with the cat regularly, and is seen as part of the same social group (the cat behaves in a friendly way towards the owner, even regularly at the owner’s hands and feet). licks the face) and as a safe base (look for the owner if the cat is concerned).

Cats don’t get along well with others (for example, they are likely to hide when someone comes into the house.

This cat has learned that good things come when the owner is nearby (for example: the owner stays with the cat while the cat is eating) and, therefore, makes great efforts to maintain physical closeness with the owner ( These cats can also be perceived to be clingy) and isolation can be problematic (the cat may not eat if the owner is away). This may suggest that the cat has some problem controlling its frustrations.

This relationship is common among cats living in an individual household with no access to the outside.

simple relationship

These cats have always preferred life outside to life in their busy homes.

They will often visit multiple homes in their area (possibly having more than one household!).

Even though these cats are owner friendly, they will not try to be close to their caregiver (in fact, they will likely even try to create some distance between themselves and their owner).

Friendship

The owner is emotionally invested…

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