A study published in March 2017 found cats preferred what stimulus more than food? – 2017

A study published in March 2017 found cats preferred what stimulus more than food?



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Turns out our cats don’t hate us after all. A study published in “Behavioural Processes” detailed a free operant preference assessment that determined whether domestic cats liked food, social interaction, toys or scent stimuli more. Much to the surprise of some cat owners, human social interaction was the most preferred stimulus. Food took the No. 2 spot. So the next time Princess Fluffy or Catrick Stewart claws your hand to shreds, know the pain comes from a place of love. Source: Behavioural Processes




Physical intimacy is sensual proximity or touching.[1] It is an act or reaction, such as an expression of feelings (including close friendship, romantic love or sexual attraction), between people. Examples of physical intimacy include being inside someone’s personal space, holding hands, hugging, kissing, caressing and sexual activity.

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