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is about one cat watching another (see below).
A long line of
1821 cats, so far. The very first
Infinaut is Frankie,
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to take over the world, just try to look them straight
in the eye...yup, they're hiding something!" - Dog
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you think cats are antisocial it may be that you're
just a jerk.
by Karin Brulliard
Dogs may have stolen the Internet from cats, but cat memes endure - and
many center on one theme: Cats are aloof jerks.
The primary ambassador of this notion, naturally, is Grumpy Cat. But
cats of all sorts, these memes tell us, desire to be left alone with
their coffee, or demand darkness, or prefer ankle attacks to head scratches.
Okay, maybe you know cats that fit the bill. But it is not the case that "cats
skew toward independency", in the words of a new study on cat social
In fact, researchers at Oregon State University found, many pet and shelter
cats are pretty eager to interact with humans - particularly people who
seek out kitty caresses.
"In both groups, we found [cats] spent significantly more time with
people who were paying attention to them than people who were ignoring
Kristyn R. Vitale, a postdoctoral scholar in animal behavior and the
lead author of the paper, which was published in the journal Behavioral
This may come as little surprise to people who have spent time with cats,
some of which might be confused with lap dogs.
Nor was it a great surprise to Vitale, whose previous research found
that cats will choose to interact with humans over food or toys.
But the idea that cats are attuned to our behavior and respond to it
remains somewhat novel, because despite cats' popularity as pets, little
research has been done on their social relations with people.
That might be, the study says, "due in part to a common misconception
that cats are not a social species" - the meme fodder.
"It's a cool study, and it does show that when we're attentive to
cats, they are interested," said Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow
who studies cat behavior at the University of California at Davis's School
of Veterinary Medicine.
The study consisted of two experiments. In the first, 46 cats - half
at a shelter, half at their own homes - were placed in a room with a
stranger who sat still on the floor.
For two minutes, the person pretty much ignored the cat; for another
two minutes, the person could call the animal by name and pet it freely
when it approached. The second involved only pet cats, who went through
the same two cycles with their owners.
On average, the cats spent much more time near the human when showered
with attention, Vitale said.
Delgado praised the "cat-directed" design of the study, noting
that previous research has suggested that cats are usually more into
interactions that they instigate.
"Even in the attentive phase, the cat had a lot of control, and
that's really what we think they like - the ability to leave," Delgado
said. "It's not that they're aloof. It's just that they want choice."
The 23 shelter cats in the study, whose stays at the Heartland Humane
Society in Corvallis, Oregon, ranged from three to 455 days, spent more
time than pet cats interacting with the inattentive person, which Vitale
said could reflect that those felines needed attention or that their
living situation conditioned them to unfamiliar people.
John Bradshaw, a University of Bristol biologist who has long studied
cat behavior, cautioned against reading much into the differences between
the two groups, because cats are territorial, and only the pets were
tested in familiar surroundings.
"Cats behave quite differently depending on whether they know the
place they're in," Bradshaw said.
But Bradshaw said the study importantly emphasized that cats are kind
of like us at an individual level: Sure, some are aloof. But some are
Why that is remains unclear, though he said his own work has pointed
to "a complex interplay between genetics, early experience of humans,
and learning during adolescence."
The takeaway for cat owners, Vitale said, is that it's worth making the
first move even the most detached-seeming kitty.
"In my opinion, it's very important to go out and try to interact
with your cat and see what happens," she said.
"I think there's this idea that dogs are this way, and cats are
that way. But there's a lot of variability in both populations."
By offering a little love to a grumpy cat, Vitale added, "you may
actually be helping them become more social toward you.".
you have to do is go to freekibblekat.com,
play a simple trivia game and the site donates kibble to
needy animal shelters. It's free and you can play once a day, every day.
They obviously make a few bucks for themsleves but it's clear that the
majority of proceeds goes to the animals, so please stop in when you
PS, you can also totally
send some kitty vittles with just a click at theanimalrescuesite.com.
Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there
is to it.
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The following is
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of listing the names
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