Experts show what happens inside the "cat head"
Numerous studies have shown that having cats in our lives makes us happier and even healthier, but can cats say the same about humans?
Cats are often seen as restrained, careless animals, and a common misconception is that cats are "interested" in their owners.
"Cats are not humans," Carlo Siracusa of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine told The Guardian this week. "And they are not dogs. People hug and kiss. Dogs get very excited and jump around. Cats do nothing like that. They are much more elegant. ”
A 2018 study by UK researchers found that letting cats tell themselves when and where they want to be pet increases their love for humans. Cats are much less likely to show signs of anxiety or aggression when given choice and control and when humans are able to read their body language adequately, the researchers found.
But cats are still, for the most part, happier when left alone, largely because they are the offspring of African wild cats, a solitary creature.
"Cats are not social," clinical veterinarian Karen Hiestand of the University of Sussex told The Guardian. "They do not need friends." However, in homes with many cats, cats often show love for each other by caring.
Cats can also feel depressed, Hiestand said, though it can be difficult to detect because cats' behavior is very delicate.
"We do not notice when cats are miserable, because a miserable cat sits motionless and does not make much noise.
Most cats do not enjoy being cuddled, hugged or kissed.
Cats can also store memories and even dream, mostly for humans. But just because cats have similar cognitive abilities to humans, does not mean they are so similar.