Can Your Cat Copy You?

I was recently interviewed by Science about a fascinating new study published this month in the journal Animal Cognition. The study demonstrated that a pet cat was capable of reproducing the actions of their human owner. The cat was trained using the Do as I Do (DAID) training method to repeat behaviors that their ownerContinue reading “Can Your Cat Copy You?”

Upcoming! Virtual Talk on Cat Behavior

Join us this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Pacific time) for the second virtual Science Pub from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! From OMSI: Pour a pint (at home!) and follow along as Dr. Kristyn Vitale discusses the purr-suasive science behind cat social cognition, how outdoor cats live socially in colonies,Continue reading “Upcoming! Virtual Talk on Cat Behavior”

Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans

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 comfortContinue reading “Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans”

Announcing CatSci Podcast Coming this Summer!

I am so excited to announce we are launching CatSci Podcast this summer! The podcast will cover the current science behind cat behavior and cognition and discuss cat training and enrichment ideas. This is a collaboration between myself and Tori Peterson of Space Cat Academy. Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to dateContinue reading “Announcing CatSci Podcast Coming this Summer!”

If you think cats are antisocial, maybe it’s you, scientists find

New media mention about our cat sociability research! Washington Post 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,Continue reading “If you think cats are antisocial, maybe it’s you, scientists find”