Our research on cat-human attachment bonds was recently published in Current Biology. We found that cats display distinct attachment styles toward their owners. These styles are the same styles that human infants and dogs display toward their caregivers. As seen in this video, secure cats use their owner as a source of security and comfort and are able to freely explore the room while the owner is present. Insecure cats do not use their owner as a secure base and instead either cling to their owner’s side or avoid the owner. Similar to findings with infants and dogs, the majority of kittens and cats (~65%) were securely attached to their caregiver. Half the kittens also participated in a 6-week training and socialization class, but cat attachment styles did not significantly change after the class. This indicates cat-human attachment may be relatively stable once established.
Vitale, K. R., Behnke, A. C., & Udell, M. A. R. (2019). Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans. Current Biology, 29(18), R864–R865. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.036
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…..
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/
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.