The stereotype of lonely, old women in love with their feline companions is sad, but too often true. We all know a crazy cat lady or two. But new research says that the female fondness for felines isn’t totally insane: It’s Kismet! In a study published in Behavioral Processes journal, researchers found that cats have a particular affection for women, too.
Scientists observed 41 cats and their families for extended time periods, tracking their interactions and personalities. They found that cats sought attention of females more often than males, and had “more intense” relationships with women. But it’s not just because we’re good about giving them kibble. Researchers found that humans and cats demonstrated mutual social interactions to signal when they wanted to pet or be pet, and cats also seemed to keep track of who indulged their need for attention most often (they were more likely to respond to their owners needs if their owners had responded to theirs in the past).
Of course, none of this means that cat-loving women will lose their rep for being crazy, but now they have some scientific backup when they’re in need of defense.
via Vitamin G