Most cats act aloof around humans and see people mostly as servants who can be bullied and coerced into doing anything for the cat. While this is mostly accurate, the latest scientific research published in the journal, Current Biology, suggests that cats form emotional bonds with people.

A test involved placing a cat in a room with its owner for two minutes. Its owner then left for two minutes and returned for another two minutes. Then researchers analyzed the cat’s response to its owner’s return. Those attachment styles included secure attachment and insecure attachment.

Based on this research, scientists concluded that cats need people beyond just having someone with thumbs able to open cans of cat food.

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