If you want cats to listen to you, you now have the ultimate trick thanks to science.
Those of us who own cats know that getting their attention can be… complicated. Every cat is a scientist, and they can touch you The cat who never leaves your side Or a freelance furball that The less physical contact, the better. Whatever type of cat you have in the house, everyone has them way to address him, either by name or by the classic “pspspsps”. However, someone wanted Giving a scientific approach to this questionand in New studyResearcher Charlotte de Mouzon has revealed the best way to get a cat’s attention.
Mouzon with a team of researchers from Comparative behavioral science lab (University of Paris Nanterre) conducted an experiment in the Cat Café, where it studied the behavior of 12 cats when faced with different visual and acoustic stimuli. Mouzon approached cats in four different ways: Only with sound stimuli, only with visual stimuli, with a combination of both, and finally, doing neither.
“pspspsps” is not as effective as we thought
The team found that the way the cats showed the most interest was when he was weighted Built-in visual and audio stimuli. This didn’t surprise anyone too much, but it was exciting to see Cats responded to visual stimuli sooner than auditory ones. If you want your cat to pay attention to you, fall is more effective than calling your cat by its name, at least according to science. Mouzon explains in the study that these interactions It may change as the animal develops confidence with its owner:
It is not the same for cats to communicate with their owner as they would with an unknown human being. The findings emerging from the current study could serve as a basis for understanding the codes of human-cat interactions. We know by now that it is best to use appropriate visual communication cues when we are interacting with cats, especially if we are unknown to them.
Another interesting finding from the study was documented during the last stagewhen mozon I completely ignored the presence of animals. Cats have been more paranoid, ever since They were unable to read the seeker’s intentions. The effect was particularly intriguing because The animals interacted with it without any problem, being very responsive and emotional. It was Mouzon’s attitude, not his presence, that caused the cats to feel distrustful They did not approach her of their own free will.