- New research requires that people who own two cats understand the cat-cat interaction.
- It involves watching cat videos that show extremely negative and positive behavior.
- The study aims to examine the knowledge of cat owners about behavior between cats.
Scientists at the University of California Davis and the University of British Columbia are looking for cat lovers who own two cats. This is for research that will help interpret interactions between cats and ultimately help cat owners better understand their cats. It’s always a chore when you bring home another cat or even a dog. It takes some time for the cats to get used to each other, and if you’re lucky they’ll both just get along. This research could make things easier for you and your cats.
Research participants are shown ten cat videos showing different types of positive and negative cat-cat interactions and asked to rate them from extremely positive to extremely negative. The ratings of the cat owners are compared to those of cat behaviorists who also watch the same videos. Cat owners are also asked how often their own cats display behaviors similar to those in the videos.
The reason for calling cat owners for this experiment is because of their knowledge of cat interactions, which is also used by veterinarians to assess the health and welfare of cats. “The results of this study will be used to understand the limitations of owner reports and to develop better tactics to assess cat behavior and welfare in the home environment,” the researchers explained. The results of this study are expected to help educate cat owners or whether new methods can be used for such situations. Understanding what is going on inside a cat’s head is still a mystery, but studying their behavior can help predict what they want or how they are feeling.
While this research sounds interesting and fun, it is only available to residents of the United States and Canada. You must be at least 18 years old and of course have two cats at home.
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