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Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:52 am
by Honeybun
On the second BBC Horizon programme 'Little Cat Diaries' they discussed that cats don't have an attachment with humans after doing an experiment with babies, dogs and cats. Babies and dogs noticeably missed their humans and were delighted when they returned, the cats couldn't care less. I disagree.

Working in rescue we have had occasions when the previous owner has returned to the centre (for updates/ to give donations etc), in these cases the cat has very much shown that they know these people. So much so, in fact, that we had to make it a policy that once admitted the previous owner could not visit their cat as the cats were left confused. I have also seen cats react very differently to different people. One cat we had in would only come to me for a fuss and cuddle, he hid from everyone else.

I know it was just a little experiment but I think it was flawed in that the cat was out of their territory so was already going to respond to people differently than the babies and dogs did.

What are your views on this?

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:03 am
by Ireneb
I am not even sure how you measure attachment in cats, will have to watch the programme first.

One thing I have noticed is that when we go away and arrange for someone to live in our house to look after her, she is pleasant and friendly on our return, but not all over us with chirruping etc.

When we've had to organise a rota of feeders, however, and she's not had the attention she's used to, she is clearly very glad to see us, lots of headbutts, rolling and noises.

Not sure whether this means she is more attached to the territory of the house than the people, and will accept any temporary feeder as long as she gets plenty of attention?

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:37 am
by neko2
All cats are different. Sinclair was very attached to us but more relaxed once our stuff would arrive. Now the other two are a bit different. Edgar is not comfortable unless he has all the stuff around but I think him being deaf is part of that. Keo is most comfortable with us and some stuff but is not too found of Liv.

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:44 am
by Honeybun
I should say, for those that won't be able to watch it, the experiment involved the baby/dog/cat in a room with their mother/owner, left for a bit then a stranger comes in. While the baby/dog/cat has their back turned mum/owner leaves the room and returns a few minutes later. In the case of the baby and dog they looked lost without mum/owner there and greeted them when they returned. The cats didn't react to their owner not being there and didn't act any differently when they returned.

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:09 am
by Ireneb
Honeybun wrote:The cats didn't react to their owner not being there and didn't act any differently when they returned.

That is so gloriously catlike. Total indifference. Bet it's feigned.

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:50 pm
by BigKittenDaddy
When i went to florida 3 years ago to see mom before she passed on, My #1 cat Lukey disapeared the day I left . Bonnei was needless to say was beside herself about it. On the day I was due back home Lukey showed up 2 hours before I got home. U draw your own conclusions .

Re: Cat/Human Attachments.

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:08 pm
by neko2
Study seems a little flawed.