Cats have a bad reputation either as a cold and distant animal, at least compared to dogs known as “man’s best friend”.
But felines do feel affection towards human beings, they simply express themselves differently. Their caregivers say so and there is no scientific evidence to prove it.
Researchers at Oregon State University concluded that cats really love humans or at least see them as parents or caregivers after conducting a study on kittens, modeled based on previous research on dogs and babies.
The study, published in the journal Current Biology, examined how cats reacted after spending two minutes with their caregiver, staying alone, and then meeting for another two minutes.
After the experiment, each cat was classified according to the attachment styles assigned to human babies and dogs in previous studies: safe, ambivalent, avoidant, and disorganized.
In addition, the cats’ behavior patterns remained constant when the OSU team recreated the experiment with a group of adult cats. So: kittens and cats show the same level of affection toward their keepers as human babies, and maybe even a little more than dogs.