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Offline Paul Blevins Jr.

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New cat study--valid or not?
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:05:00 PM »
As a cat lover, my first response is to happily accept this, but I dunno. Is 50 a large enough study sample? Results too preliminary, more study needed? 

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Re: New cat study--valid or not?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 03:01:38 PM »
Domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) engage in a variety of relationships with humans and can be conditioned to engage in numerous behaviors using Pavlovian and operant methods Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities

 Although there was clear individual variability in cat preference, social interaction with humans was the most-preferred stimulus category for the majority of cats, followed by food. This was true for cats in both the pet and shelter population.

Well, that's a real study.

About half the time my cat wants me to pick him up and cuddle - the other half the time he hides under something so I can't... until the catnip treats come out.

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« Last Edit: May 03, 2017, 03:05:40 PM by Friendly Angel »
Amend and resubmit.

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Re: New cat study--valid or not?
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Re: New cat study--valid or not?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2017, 04:54:57 PM »
My fifteen yo dotes on me.
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Re: New cat study--valid or not?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 08:38:21 PM »
NSF funds study.  Finds cats like food, catnip and being petted.  Let's hope Trump doesn't hear about this.