Short Takes

December 2015 Issue

Cats ARE More Independent Than Dogs

A study suggests.

We followed a small study that assessed the bond between children or pet dogs and their caregivers when they’re in potentially threatening or unfamiliar environments. The researchers observed the relationship between 20 cats and their owners with the cats in a new environment with their owner, with a stranger and on their own. They assessed the amount of contact the cats sought, their level of passive behavior and signs of distress when the owner was absent.

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