Why cats love people who hate them.

A study has shown that cats love people who hate them because the reluctance to attack and scold them gives cats the control and freedom they need.

In contrast, self-professed “cat people” who claim to be knowledgeable and have lived with them for years are more likely to restrain the animal and touch areas they don’t like. do

Cats, unlike dogs, can be prickly characters who can often seem aloof, aloof and sometimes downright rude.

But new research by animal behavior scientists from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham has found that humans, not animals, may be to blame.

While most dogs are affectionate with any person, cats are hard to please and have a few more rules and regulations before warming up to a person.

Where not to paralyze the cat.

For example, cats have “red zones” where they hate being touched, including the base of their tails and their bellies. Attempts to stroke these regions will immediately back up.

However, they also have “green areas”, such as “glandular” areas under the ears and under the chin.

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports found that self-proclaimed “cat people” are more likely to touch red areas, making the animals feel uncomfortable and increasing hostility.

And people who have been living with cats for many years don’t give enough freedom to the cats that the freedom of pets is taken away with a hand on their hands.

Around 120 individuals of various cat exposures were recruited for a study which took place in the cattery of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. A person was left in a room and three cats were allowed in, one after the other, to play for five minutes.

The person was told to wait for the cat to come to them but was left to their own devices when it came to petting, engaging or cuddling the cat.

The researchers recorded the interactions and assessed how comfortable the cat was, how the person behaved, and what behavior the cats enjoyed the most.

Participants who lived with cats were more likely to be bullied.

They also asked participants questions to indicate how much experience they had with cats, if they had ever lived with them, and how highly they rated their knowledge about pets.

They found that 80 percent of all human-cat interactions fell into seven categories, based on how both the human and the animal acted and responded. The top category, or “best practice,” was “passive but responsive to touch, minimal touching.”

Other categories included a person who hit “green areas,” which cats like. Tendency to hold or restrain the cat; And especially by touching the “red areas”.

Participants who lived with cats were more likely to be bullied, while even the most experienced owners rated cats with “yellow areas” such as their tails, legs and backs, which are less preferred areas than the face. I was more likely to have a stroke. Example.

The team also found that older people tried to hold and restrain cats more than younger people, while extroverts tended to initiate contact with the cat, something that pets don’t enjoy because they know it. Want to control when and how conversations happen. will begin.

“Our findings show that some of the characteristics we might imagine would make someone good at interacting with cats – say how lively they are, their cat ownership experiences and how old they are. – should not always be taken as reliable indicators of a person’s suitability to adopt certain cats. Especially those with specific handling or behavior needs,” lead researcher Dr. Lauren Finca, who lives in Nottingham. A feline behaviorist at Trent University told the Telegraph.

Dr. Finca added that shelters should avoid discriminating against potential adopters with previous cat ownership experience, because “they can make excellent cat guardians.”