A new study has investigated The behavior of domestic cats in relationships with their ownersand research shows that it is two way relationship on the basis of five categories.
Research by academics at the University of Lincoln, UK,About 4,000 owners were involved who responded to a series of statements about their own behavior and their feline pets.
In addition to the research, the University of Lincoln has launched a new interactive quiz on its website for cat owners to find out what kind of relationship they have with their feline companions.
Despite the cat’s popularity as a pet, little is known about its bonds and relationships with owners. Study identifies and characterizes different types of relationships cats can establish with their owners Using principles of human attachment and social support,
The questionnaire was developed to collect information on various emotional elements that could support the relationship. These include the cat’s possible perception of the owner as a safe base in a home, the level of the owner’s association with the cat, their sensitivity to the cat’s needs and the continuity of the owner’s interaction with the cat, reports the University of Lincoln. a statement.
Five different forms of cat-owner relationships were identified. These relationships are what people can classify as: ‘Open Relationship’, ‘Remote Partnership’, ‘Casual Relationship’, ‘Co-dependence’ and ‘Friendship’,
Professor Daniel Mills, animal behavior specialist at the University of Lincoln, said: “Cats form close emotional ties with humans, but little is actually known about, As with any complex social relationship, the type of bond between cat and owner is a product of certain personality traits as well as the dynamics between the two individuals involved.
“While many cats may be aloof, it appears that this is not as common as may be portrayed. The broader sociability of the cat and the expectations of the owner can be important, and the level of emotional investment of the owner in the cat and the cat. The sociality of the species appears to be particularly important in discriminating the kind of relationship they have with each other.
The ‘open relationship bond’ was characterized by a slightly emotionally involved owner and an avoidant cat. ‘Remote association’ and ‘casual relationship’ involved a relatively emotionally distant owner, but other people’s acceptance of the cat was different. There were emotionally attached owners in ‘co-dependent’ and ‘friendship’ relationships, but again others’ acceptance of the cat differedAlso the cat needs to be close to its owner.
The research is expected to improve understanding of owners’ relationships with cats and pave the way for better pet care in general.