Cats Psychology – Time to Understand – Part 3
In the next few months, I want to discuss the psychological understanding we have about cats and the way they behave. Most of you cat lovers may know some or all of the things I will discuss, however, I thought it would be an excellent idea to go over different aspects of cat’s behaviour and the reasons behind it.
Today I am going to discuss how sensitive cats are to us and our cues. Cats are domestic these days, and so you would think that they would have, by now, picked up on our cues, however, this is not the case with all cats.
Based on Miklósi et al.’s research study, it has been proven that cats actually follow human gestures in order to find food. The study similarly concludes that cats are not problem solvers and are unable to solve a task. They also do not turn to humans for help.
Another really interesting psychological fact about cats is that studies were conducted to see if they, like humans, turn to their owner when they are unsure about a situation. Meaning, if they feel scared or need reassurance, would a cat hide or run to their owner for protection? This term in psychology is called “Social referencing.” The results were fascinating. A higher percentage of cats did, in fact, run to their owner.
That’s it for today guys. If you liked this article, then stay tuned for more. Don’t forget to like and share.
Jeyran Main is a professional book editor, marketing adviser, and book reviewer. Her website Review Tales demonstrates her thoughts, reflections and book reviews.