For anyone who shares their life with a cat, you’ll probably agree that they’re complex creatures who are REALLY hard to read sometimes. “What are they thinking?” and “Do they love me?” might be thoughts you’ve had from time to time. Well, scientists found that cats are actually nice, as in, they at least like their human masters more than food!
Which is kind of a victory, if you ask us.
In a study published in Behavioural Processes, Oregon State University researchers assessed the preferences of both domestic and shelter cats — such as human social interaction, food, toys, and scents. And us humans ranked really high!
“Although there was clear individual variability in cat preference, social interaction with humans was the most-preferred stimulus category for the majority of cats, followed by food,” the report concludes.
As we suspected, food was a major draw…but still! This is major. Because it’s a common belief that cats are not very sociable (unlike their canine friends), but this research concludes that they actually thrive on socialization.