Our complicated relationship with cats

SONY DSC

The Guardian newspaper published an article titled “Our complicated relationship with cats” which reported: ” A study in 2010 asked 4,500 people to self-identify as either a dog person, cat person, both or neither, and looked at five personality traits using a self-report questionnaire. People who identified themselves as cat people showed significantly higher scores for neuroticism and openness than dog people, and significantly lower scores for extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness. In other words, we (I’m a cat person) tend to stress more, be more open to a variety of experiences, but show poorer self-discipline, cooperativeness and assertiveness.

And according to another survey from 2010, people who are more highly educated were 1.4 times more likely to own a cat than a dog. This doesn’t mean that cat people are smarter than dog people, more that there’s a link between higher education and longer work hours. Cats are less time-consuming than dogs, and so people who work longer hours will be more likely to choose cats as pets to fit in with their work life.”

But a 2007 study by Claudia Edwards and colleagues in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour looked at attachment in cats, and found behaviour consistent with that which you would see in young children.

Attachment theory was developed in the late 1950s as way of characterising affectionate bonds between two individuals, one of which is usually a caregiver. The creation of such a bond between a parent and child, for instance, makes it more likely that the child’s basic needs are met, and the child tends to relax around the caregiver. On the other hand, if the child is placed in the company of a stranger, they might become more anxious, upset with their caregiver, or distressed in some way. Similarly, Edwards’ study found that when cats were in the company of their owners, they tended to show more relaxed attachment behaviours such as wandering around, exploring and playing in their environment. When they were placed with a stranger instead, the cats meowed less, and spent more time waiting by the door.

So maybe cats aren’t as aloof as we first thought.

Read the full article in The Guardian newspaper here.

Buy This Book. Make Me A Millionaire

Buy This Book Make Me A Millionaire is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, and for those who want absolutely nothing.

Although the cover indicates there is nothing worthwhile inside this ebook there are some readers who will purchase this ebook and feel it is the best darn money they ever spent. I know I will.

What’s inside the book? 23 pages of “Nothing Here But My Thanks”, and now and then an image of a kiss or something similar, images of an animal or animals, some pithy words under the pictures, and some other stuff.

I think the words under the pictures are pithy but you may think otherwise.

To be completely honest, for it is your money and not mine, (well, not mine until you buy this ebook and then a smidgeon of your money becomes mine, but that is beside the point) inside are pictures of dogs and other animals, which every advertiser will tell you is necessary for bonding the viewer to your product or service.

So let’s bond. You buy, I’ll accept your offer to bond and throw in some animal pictures plus some words you’ve probably never before seen beneath a picture.

Tell your friends and family to buy this ebook right now because when I become a millionaire from earning just pennies from each sale of this ebook I’m going to stop publishing it.

Why is that such a great benefit to you and your friends? When I stop publishing this ebook it will instantly become a collectors item, a golden goose for you and your friends to hand down from generation to generation. So don’t wait, start protecting the future happiness of your great grandchildren right now and buy this ebook.

buythisbooksmall

Available at Smashwords here for the unbelievably low price of US99 cents. Also on Amazon at this link andat Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and other fine online retailers.

Purchase the PDF version of this ebook direct from author at this link.