Research that will appear in the Behavioural Processes journal indicates that the relationships between cats and humans mirror human-to-human connections, particularly between cats and women.
The study, which included 41 cats and their owners, was the first to document the extraordinary connection between felines and their owners, demonstrating a unique relationship where each side influences the other. The group, led by Kurt Kotrschal of the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna, videotaped each interaction and studied the results in detail. They found that women and their cats possessed the most synchronicity in their dynamics; some required only subtle cues from each other to relay their message. The study noted that extroverted women with young, energetic cats were most in sync with one another.
Certainly, there are plenty of men who love their cats and the feeling is mutual, but this study found that women tend to interact with their cats more than men do. In addition, Manuela Wedl of the University of Vienna told Discovery News that the interactions between women and cats are more “intense.”