When we talk about using animals in behavioral experiments, scientists in their research use dogs more often than cats. The answer lies in the cat’s nature; Are not cooperative enough and are more nervous in social situations, meaning they are more difficult to use in experiments
Recently, research at an American university has nevertheless yielded fruit and completed a study of what our cats actually think. Their perception is divided into two main areas: what I know about their behavior and what is their behavior is in relation to people.
One of the best-explored areas is the perception of cats, that is, their ability to hear, smell, see, and use the mustache to detect various stimuli. Fragrant perception is especially important for kittens and their relationship with their mother. On the other hand, kittens do not respond to auditory stimuli until they reach between 11 and 16 days and visual stimuli up to 16-21 days of age.
Scent signals are very important to cats throughout their lives because adult cat uses smell to mark the territory. By smell recognizes the territory of another cat, and like dogs, they receive social information. Despite the importance of smell of cats, most experiments on their behavior are focused on what means that the current understanding of how cats see the world is quite limited.
The cats remember the objects around themselves
An important item in cat behavior is the ability to memorize objects, even when they are not visible. If something has disappeared from the field of vision, it does not mean that it has vanished forever, and the best example of this is the ball that rolls under the couch. Even if we can no longer see it, it does not mean it’s not there.
People have the ability to memorize objects at the earliest age, and they also have cats. Everyone who has a cat and a toy, like a rubber mouse that unintentionally found under some furniture, knows that the cat is able to sit and look in the direction of furniture for hours, knowing which item is below it.
During the research of cognitive function of animals, scientists most often examine animal behavior in relation to other cats or humans. Although many people look at cats as individuals, they actually choose to associate and connect, but with certain individuals. Some of these interactions are aggressive, while others are mostly explorative.
Cats also have a different relationship with different people. He learns about socialization in the period of two to seven weeks of age and is taught to apply to other cats as well as to humans.Cats that are exposed to a greater number of people at the time of socialization will create a better friendship towards the people and the rest of their lives.
Wild and homemade cats differ in their vocal communication. The kittens have nine different types of vocalization, while adult cats have about 16 species. The best-known communication of cats is their spinning. The cats are over after we pity them with their hands, but they also serve in interaction with each other and with their kittens.
Even such a kind of vocal communication changes its meaning with regard to the situation. When it comes to food spinning, it goes to high frequencies emphasizing the “importance and urgency” of the moment.
Many of the researchers carried out were based on examining the relationship between cats and humans, or whether the relationship with their owners differs from that of total foreigners. In various experiments in which cats were in the room themselves, with their owners or complete strangers, they showed that cats are much more attached to their owners.
While they were alone or with a stranger in the room, they were more cautious while their owners followed and played with them. With a complete stranger, that was not the case. The disparity in cats is anxious, which is another proof of attachment to their human owners.
The stresses that live in such situations are visible in their behavior. The protest of loneliness usually has widespread traces of flat in inappropriate places and excessive voting. Although many scientific studies have helped to illuminate what is happening in the cat’s head, many aspects of their behavior have not yet been revealed.
What is important to do in the future is to devote a greater understanding of cat’s behavior and our influence to it. This would contribute to a better interaction between cats and humans, their overall well-being, and reduce the number of cats in shelters and on the road.