Science says: Cats don’t Love their Owners.

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“How attached cats are to their owners?” (Video)

“A cat is a small sneaky animal that manages to get by without any real relationships.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Cats don’t love their humans, says this scientific study (video). But what if love is more than attachment? 

Great comment: “In conclusion: Cats are independent. Dogs are loyal. Babys want their mums.”
Another great comment: “conclusion: cats owners = food dispensers. Just like teenagers.”

And Mindful Reminder! Love without dependence or attachment can be an even more beautiful kind of love. 

This study equates love with attachment. But could it be that love is about more than co-dependence?



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13 Responses to “Science says: Cats don’t Love their Owners.”

  1. laurakutney says:

    Ack! The title got me! 20 cats does not a study make! My cats come to me if I cry and my daughter and her cat are so bonded that when she leaves for school, he howls and then runs to her as soon as he hears that she is home again. He has also come to me in the night when she has had a fever (about 5 times) but has never come any other time as he sleeps with her. And I feed him Go figure. I could go on, but I think you know where I stand on this issue. You are gonna ruffle some human fur with this one! xo, Laura

  2. Rebecca Linares says:

    Oh, what a stupid experiment. First of all, you didn't use any age of child because you knew that children at different ages would respond differently. And dogs are pack animals and great each other naturally when they are reunited with someone in the pack. They are naturally attached. On the other hand, many feline species are solo animals… only connecting with others during mating. However, the domestic cat has been domesticated and additional research has shown that cats will band together. Previously it was thought that they hated each other. So we don't see cats packing together and running up to each other as we see in humans and dogs. So don't expect them to exhibit that behavior. Have you never heard of the saying, "Curiosity killed the cat"? That's because they are natural hunters and curious. The toy they had in the study would attract any cat like a crack addict. They almost can't help themselves as the instinct to run after something is intense for them. But it didn't mean they didn't love their owner. And you didn't study or share the relationship between the owner and their cat to assure that they were attached. The belief system of many people disallows them from forming strong bonds with their cats. You should have made sure that the cat-human bond was strong to begin with. My cat greets me at the door and wants to be carried around the house. When he comes in, he rolls on the floor as he's so happy to see me. My former cat was the same way and I would see him running down the street as my car rounded a curve in the road. He had long heard my car coming home and was already enroute by the time that I got near my house. It use to bring tears to my eyes, it was so cute. Clearly, some people are more attached to their cats than others. I know people who marvel at my dog-like cats, but I keep telling them that they just don't interact with their cats properly because they don't believe it's possible. This was not a good study.

    • Teresa says:

      I agree with you completely, also fear of abandonment does not equal love. I wonder if this would be considered not loving your spouse if a husband or wife did not run to you the second you walked in..STUPID STUDY.

  3. Susan says:

    And what is the criteria for love? Looking to another for security? My cat will not go outside unless I invite her out with me, and if I go in, she follows. Is that love? Not from her or from a dog or from a human! It's a study set up to prove its false assumptions. Foolishness!

  4. @webmonkees says:

    "Through careful study, we have determined that not only do oranges differ in color from apples,
    they have a different flavour than grapes."
    I will admit my adopted cat from another owner don't seem to be missing them much..
    But I don't speak cat, so I can't ask.

  5. Ilse says:

    Independence and doesn't make for neediness. I think all this "experiment" shows is neediness not love or attachment.

  6. Mia says:

    One major flaw in this experiment: Cats feel very unsettled when they are in an unfamiliar space, dogs and babies are much more likely to be happy to be taken anywhere. I think this experiment would have a very different outcome if it was done in the homes where these cats live! 🙂

  7. @nergregga says:

    The only thing the study proves is that cats aren't dogs…

  8. Teresa says:

    By the assumptions of this study. parents do not love their children. I do not know any parents that go to "show their love" every time their child comes in (especially a teenagers) and spouses do not love their other halves.. and we do not love out friends, etc etc.. the person who did this study must have the IQ of a ..rock.

  9. Lisa says:

    What a unfounded and downright laughable study! HAHAHAHA! Note to uneducated experimentor, cats and dogs form bonds in different ways. Cats do not follow a pack and therefore are more independent. The cat is not stupid, it knows mum will return and if she does not after several hours, then the cat will begin to freak out. Cats are actually more attached to their homes and completely destabalized by moving so keep the camera rolling for a day and you will see pure distress! This "scientist" did not consider ANY variables here. Very primative and biased study, actually these people should just be plain embarassed to have published it, it holds no value!

  10. Lori says:

    Cats don't have a "security attachment" relationship with their owners. It doesn't mean they don't have a bond with them.

  11. Chuck_Culp says:

    Cats are Yogis, they think a lot about the ramifications of their actions. They are your friend, not your slave. All interactions must have mutual benefits.

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