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When most people think about felines, they think of antisocial, independent cats that call all the shots when it comes to affection. It is pretty common to hear how a cat chose the one dog person or non-cat person in the room to seek affection from. Or to hear the advice that you should ignore a cat if you want him to like you.

However, according to Science Alert, researchers at Oregon State University found that these depictions of cats may not be all that accurate. Science Alert explains that the study found that “Many pet and shelter cats are pretty eager to interact with humans—particularly people who seek out kitty caresses.”

Kristyn R. Vitale, a postdoctoral scholar in animal behavior and the lead author of the paper, explains, “In both groups, we found [cats] spent significantly more time with people who were paying attention to them than people who were ignoring them.”

For Vitale, these discoveries were not totally revelatory. Her previous research has found that, when it came to cat behavior and preferences, cats would choose to interact with humans over cat food and cat toys the majority of the time.

While this study does highlight that cats may not be the independent, antisocial creatures are made out to be, it is important to remember that cat behavior is similar to human behavior. We are all individuals with unique wants and needs as well as personality quirks. How we choose to interact with the world around us can depend on a variety of factors.

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