Many people equate food with caring and love, so it’s not surprising that cats might feel the same way. According to a new study by the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, feeding your cat less food makes them even more affectionate to their humans.

Of course the study may need to be verified. After all, cats are probably more affectionate in hopes of getting more food. If you fail to reward your cat with food long enough, expect your cat to rip your larynx out with its claws while you’re sleeping.

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