Cats do not trust their owners and are not emotionally dependent on them

A new study has shown that cats do not consider them to be a guarantor of security holders, unlike dogs. Experts in animal behavior from the University of Lincoln conducted studies involving pets and found that dog owners are like little children to their parents, and the relationship between humans and cats seem to add up quite differently.
Recently, scientists have found that cats - more social animals than previously thought, but recent research shows that they still remain quite independent animals. Cats do not necessarily obey the people to feel protected.
A new study led by Daniel Mills (Daniel Mills), a professor of veterinary medicine, together with graduate student Alice Potter (Alice Potter).
“According to polls, the domestic cat bypasses dogs as the most popular companion animal in Europe. Many people believe the cat the perfect pet, especially the owners, who spend much time at work, - says Professor Mills. - Previous research has shown that cats can separation worry about the same as dogs, but our results suggest that cats dogs is much more independent. So owners of domestic cats can experience somewhat disappointing. ”
Researchers used the test “strange situation”, proposed in the 1970s, psychologist Mary Ainsworth and used to identify the connection of children and parents, or pet dogs and owners. This test demonstrated reliable communication in which the dog is considered a guarantor of security of the owners, find themselves in potentially dangerous or completely unfamiliar environment.
In the experiment, cats were placed in an unfamiliar environment, together with the owner, a stranger or alone. The researchers looked at three different aspects of attachment: the number of contacts with a cat person, the level of passivity and signs of stress caused by lack of a number of the owner.
‘Cats behave more actively, when there was the owner and not a stranger, but no other evidence of the special relationship between a cat and a man we did not find - says Mills. - We have not seen any signs of affection, or that cats find Human guarantor of its security. The dogs clearly showing signs of despair when in a stressful situation is not the owner and very happy obviously his return. ”
The results show that, despite the fact that cats like to interact with their masters, they still prefer not to rely on them in an unfamiliar environment. Scientists believe that the reason for this lies in the nature of the species, as the cat itself - independent and solitary hunter.
The scientific article about pets has been published edition of PLoS ONE

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