Like Kids and Dogs, Your Cat Really Does Need You

It turns out cats are just as attached to their owners as dogs and children. Their attachment to humans goes beyond species and is a natural adaptation of offspring-caretaker bonding, says Kristyn Vitale, a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab. “Kitties form attachments that are just as powerful as those between children and babies,” she says.

A cat is never as affectionate as a baby

Many people believe that a cat is just as attached to a human as a child is to their owner. But this is a myth. Despite being as adorable as a baby, a cat is not as affectionate as a child. Instead, the pet may reach out its claws or paws at you for attention. If you don’t want your cat to feel neglected, try introducing him to a dog.


One way to tell if your cat needs attention is to watch him behave. A cat will paw at your leg, or even reach out their hands for attention. Excessive meowing is another sign that your cat is begging for your attention. It’s a sign of loneliness and a desire for affection. A loving cat will try to get your attention, but don’t try to force it.

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