[Listening] The Social Ability Of Cats

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A new study has found that cats can connect with people in the same way as dogs and children.

The research, published in Current Biology, suggests the social abilities of cats to form human                      (1 word missing) have been greatly underestimated.

The study notes that more cats live with humans than dogs do worldwide. But historically, more scientific research has centered on the social relationships between people and dogs.

In experiments with cats and humans, the researchers found that cats do show specific “attachment styles toward human caregivers.” This suggests that cats share some of the same social abilities that historically have only been linked to dogs.

Kristyn Vitale is a researcher at the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University. She was the lead writer of the study.

In a statement, she said the                     (1 word missing) suggests that both cat and dog attachments to humans may represent the same kind of connection that exists between children and their caretakers.

“Our study indicates that when cats live in a state of dependency with a human, that attachment behavior is                     (1 word missing) and the majority of cats use humans as a source of comfort.”

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