Posted by Cassandra Cyphers | September 26, 2019



As different as they are, cats and dogs might have a lot in common when it comes to human connection. New research says that dogs aren’t the only ones who can be “human’s best friend.”

The new study, published in Current Biology, suggests that people may have wrongly assumed cats to be uninterested in connecting with people emotionally. The researchers found that, like dogs, most cats do form secure attachments to their human caretakers.

In human attachment theory, attachment is an emotional connection displayed in one of four patterns: secure, ambivalent, avoidant, or disorganized. Apparently, the same concept can be applied to our favorite furry companions

In the study, pairs of 3- to 8-month-old cats and their caretakers underwent a Secure Base Test (SBT). After the pairs spent two minutes together and then two minutes apart, experts assessed the cat participants’ responses when reunited with their caretakers.

The majority of the cats (64.3%) were securely attached, demonstrating independence yet closeness with their caretaker and experiencing reduced stress upon reunion.

A minority of 35.7% of the classifiable cats showed signs of insecure attachment when their caretakers returned. They remained stressed, avoided their caretakers, sought “excessive proximity,” or otherwise appeared distressed by the prospect of a reunion.

Even when re-tested months after the initial test, 81% of the kitten participants maintained their previous attachment style. In a similar test of 38 adult cats, researchers found almost the same percentages of secure and insecure attachment among adult cats as kittens: about 65% secure and 34% insecure.

This goes to show that cats’ attachment to their caretakers doesn’t drop off as they get older. It’s for life.

So even if your kitty doesn’t wag her tail or jump up on you when you return home, trust the experts—she does love you after all.

Views: 7

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook


Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs


Visit The Temple
on Facebook:


Blog Posts

My Wish (Incarnations)

Posted by Quingu on November 14, 2019 at 7:00am 0 Comments

The Babylonian Gods

Posted by Quingu on November 12, 2019 at 11:22am 2 Comments

Lord Kingù Nungal (The Death Angel) VI

Posted by Quingu on November 10, 2019 at 3:12pm 0 Comments

Lord Kingù Nungal (The Death Angel) V

Posted by Quingu on November 7, 2019 at 11:30am 2 Comments


Posted by Elspeth on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 15 Comments


Posted by Sky a.k.a. JD Aeon on November 2, 2019 at 2:30am 0 Comments


Posted by Zhan on October 31, 2019 at 10:44pm 0 Comments

Posted by Zhan on October 31, 2019 at 10:33pm 0 Comments

Lord Kingù Nungal (The Death Angel) IV

Posted by Quingu on October 31, 2019 at 4:51pm 0 Comments

The End (M42)

Posted by Quingu on October 31, 2019 at 2:38pm 0 Comments

Side Effects

Posted by Quingu on October 30, 2019 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Eternal Damnation

Posted by Quingu on October 27, 2019 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Altair Affairs

Posted by Quingu on October 26, 2019 at 11:51am 2 Comments

A Song to the Dark Goddess

Posted by Mystic Wolf on October 25, 2019 at 2:11pm 3 Comments





© 2019   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service