New media mention about our cat sociability research!
By Karin Brulliard
January 16, 2019
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 behavior. 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…..
Kristyn Vitale has always owned cats. As a child, she used to watch them and wonder what was going on in my cats’ heads. Kristyn feels that her curiosity about how cats see the world led her to a career path where she could explore how cats think directly by measuring their behavior.
Although Kristyn’s dream was to work with cats, there were so few opportunities for this line of work that she decided to instead study Zoology, which she felt would allow her to work with animals in some capacity. During her undergraduate studies, she met the late Dr. Penny Bernstein, a professor who studied cat behavior. “When I saw that someone had made a career out of studying cat behavior I decided this was the route I wanted to take,” Kristyn said.
With cats being the number one companion animal in several countries, but very few people…
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Memories of Japan (懐かしい)
Kurama-dera (鞍馬寺): Temple in the northern mountains of Kyoto.
Tashirojima (田代島): Cat island in Ishinomaki, near Sendai.
Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道): Walking path in Kyoto.
Cat behavior observed at Neko Café TiME in Kyoto, Japan.
Neko Café TiME (猫カフェタイム): https://nekocafetime.com/
Cat Behavior Ethogram
Definitions of some of the social behaviors displayed between domestic cats. Affiliative behaviors are those used during interactions with preferred associates- including other cats and humans! They often indicate a social bond between the individuals exists. Aggressive behaviors are displayed during conflicts. Sometimes aggressive behaviors are modified for use during play- like cuffing and chasing. Always watch the full interaction to better understand the behavior’s function.
The cats got an update to their outdoor enclosure! Cats love vertical space so we added more levels to jump onto and objects to scratch.