It seems that cats do not see there owners in the same way that dogs do. Research at the university of Lincoln shows that dogs perceive their owners as a safe base unlike the relationship between people and our feline friends.
It is well known that cats are more social however recent research teaches us that cats are not necessarily dependant in others for protection. Professor Mills at Lincoln university says “The domestic cat has recently passed the dog as the most popular companion animal in Europe, with many seeing a cat as an ideal pet for owners who work long hours. Previous research has suggested that some cats show signs of separation anxiety when left alone by their owners, in the same way that dogs do, but the results of our study show that they are in fact much more independent than canine companions. It seems that what we interpret as separation anxiety might actually be signs of frustration.”
The investigation put a number of cats and their owners and a stranger in a unfamiliar environment. When assesed there were three characteristics of attatchment to the people. Which included the attention that the cat gave, the level of passive behavior and when the owner left, the amount of distress it caused the cat.
The outcome of the investigation was that the cats did not show evidence that the relationship between the owner and cat is of secure attatchment. The cats that their owners said they had a close attatchment with, did not react any different to the cats that supposedly did not have a close attatchment.
On the other hand, dogs consider their owners as a safe haven, and rely on them for protection and this does not apply to cats.
Overall the study shows that cats do prefer to interact but they do not rely on the owner for protection.
I think that cats dont require protection from owners is because of the nature of the species and how they hunt solo in the wild, not relying on anyone.
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Libby Ramsden x