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Old March 23rd 18, 03:21 AM posted to alt.atheism,rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Default Your cat doesn’t love you: science

jdyoung wrote:
On Sat, 05 Sep 2015 22:50:01 -0400, J wrote:

2015? Still a good read

Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves, and do
not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a study has shown.
Although absent owners might worry that their pet is pining, in fact,
cats show no sign of separation anxiety.

Researchers at the University of Lincoln have concluded that cats,
unlike dogs, do not need humans to feel protected.

The research was published in the online journal PLOS One.

And you can find it here, public (also in pdf format)

Skimmed it. Not entirely convinced. One eyebrow raiser for me
was the cat/owner pairs had to go to the researchers. Which
means the cat was put in a travel carrier and in fact that's
so stated " All except one of the cats were used to being
transported in a cat carrier" which might have introduced