It is clear that cats, unlike dogs, do not avoid 'people who are unfriendly to their owners'
There is an old stereotype that 'dogs are affectionate and loyal to their owners, while cats are indifferent to their owners', but cat owners should disagree with this idea. In fact, previous studies of cats have suggested that cats and humans form bonds, but the latest studies show that 'cats do not avoid people who behave unfriendly to their owners.' It has become clear.
Cats (Felis catus) Show No Avoidance of People Who Behave Negatively to Their Owner — Animal Behavior and Cognition
Cats (Felis catus) Show no Avoidance of People who Behave Negatively to their Owner
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A research team of Mr. Hisashi Chijiiwa, who belongs to the Companion Animal Mind Project (CAMP) of Kyoto University, wrote in the scientific journal Animal Behavior and Cognition on animal behavior and cognition, 'Cats are for their owners. I will never avoid people who behave in a way that has an adverse effect. '
This study was conducted on cats in the same experiment as was done on dogs in the past. In the experiment, a cage containing a cat is placed in a position where the owner can be seen, and two strangers are seated on both sides of the owner. The owner asks the two for help, one of the two strangers helps to open the cage in response to the voice, and the other ignores the voice and does not help. After that, two strangers bring food and observe the reaction of the cat at that time.
When this experiment was conducted on dogs, it was clear that dogs often received food from the person who helped the owner. This suggests that the dog may have a good impression of the person who helped the owner. On the other hand, when this experiment was conducted on cats, the cats were indifferent to whether or not they helped their owners, and it seems that they received food from both people in the same way. In other words, it suggests that cats are indifferent to the aspect of 'kindness or unfriendlyness to their owners' when looking at people.
So it's too early to conclude that the science media Science Alert 'cats don't care if they're mean to their owners. More likely, they just make such social interactions. I don't understand. '
Interpreting cats as small, furry humans rather than unique creatures, the study says, 'Cats are selfish creatures and don't care how their owners are treated. It means that it shows that. It turns out that cats couldn't understand the interactions in human society, that is, they couldn't understand who was useful and who wasn't.
Cats were domesticated much more recently than dogs, and dog ancestors, wolves, form social groups, while cat ancestors hunt individually without forming social groups. There is also the difference that it was. Domestication seems to have helped to improve the social skills of dog ancestors, but it is unclear whether domestication helped improve social skills for cat ancestors, who were originally low in social consciousness.