If strangers hurt you, your dog will not look at them kindly. However, your cat does not react the same way. This is the reason.
There is an old cliché about the difference between a cat and a dog. They say dogs are lovable and eager, but cats are not friendly and caring. Most cats probably disagree. Surely, it is hard to believe that he does not care about me because my cat has swallowed me.
In general, cognitive studies on cats show that cats form emotional bonds with humans. Cats seem to experience separation anxiety, are more sensitive to the voices of their owners than strangers are, and reassure their owners in frightening situations.
However, new research by Japanese researchers complicates the bigger picture of the relationship with cats. Researchers have adopted methods that previously used to study dogs and have found cats that, unlike dogs, definitely refuse to help their owners.
In the experiment, the cat saw the property owner open the box and try to put something inside. Two strangers were sitting on either side of the owner when he approached one of them and asked for help. In the “auxiliary” court, a stranger helped the property owner open the box. In the “no help” court, strangers refused. Another stranger was sitting passively and doing nothing.
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Both strangers then offered the cat food, and the scientists first saw the cat. Would you rather eat from helpers than from passive viewers? This indicates a positive bias, indicating that beneficial interactions make the cat warmer around strangers. Alternatively, have you avoided eating other than your clients? This negative bias may mean that the cat is suspicious.
When testing dogs with this method, the dogs clearly showed a negative bias. Dogs prefer not to eat from strangers who are not willing to help their owners. In contrast, the cats were completely indifferent to the new study. They do not like those who help or avoid useless things. Apparently, when it comes to cats, food is food.
What should I get now? The interesting result is that cats are selfish and do not care how they treat humans. This may be in line with our previous perceptions of cats, but it is an example of human bias. This includes interpreting the behavior of cats as small, furry creatures, not creatures that have their own beliefs.
To truly understand cats, we need to step out of this human-centered mindset and think of them as cats. The cats in this study did not appear to be selfish, but they could not understand the social interactions between humans. They did not know that some strangers were useless.
Cats can pick up human social cues, but they can follow human cues and are sensitive to human emotions, but may be less accustomed to relationships than dogs.
Cats have recently domesticated and their domestication is much less than that of dogs. Dogs are descendants of predators of social groups, but the ancestors of cats were mostly isolated predators. Domestication may have improved the dog’s existing social skills, but it may not have done so in the first place for the society’s unconscious cats. Therefore, our cats should not be too early to conclude that people are not mean to us. Chances are they just do not know.
Despite its popularity, we still know relatively little about what cats think. Future studies may show that cats’ perceptions of humans are even more limited than we currently perceive. Alternatively, cats may find that they are more aware of human social dynamism in different situations.
However, in any study, prejudice and anthropology should avoid facilitating the interpretation of cat behavior. Before you can evaluate your cat friends as indifferent or selfish, you must first try to see the world through their eyes.