Why Cats Have Vertical Pupils

Jörgen Hartogs

by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor   |   August 07, 2015 02:25pm ET

Have you ever wondered why your cat’s eyes have those creepy vertical slits for pupils? A new study suggests the reason may lie in cats’ preferred mode of hunting.

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Domestic Cats (Felis silvestris catus) Do Not Show Signs of Secure Attachment to Their Owners

Jörgen Hartogs

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The Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (SST) has been widely used to demonstrate that the bond between both children and dogs to their primary carer typically meets the requirements of a secure attachment (i.e. the carer being perceived as a focus of safety and security in otherwise threatening environments), and has been adapted for cats with a similar claim made. However methodological problems in this latter research make the claim that the cat-owner bond is typically a secure attachment, operationally definable by its behaviour in the SST, questionable. We therefore developed an adapted version of the SST with the necessary methodological controls which include a full counterbalance of the procedure. A cross-over design experiment with 20 cat-owner pairs (10 each undertaking one of the two versions of the SST first) and continuous focal sampling was used to record the duration of a range of behavioural states expressed by the cats…

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6 Secrets to Unlocking Your Cat’s Personality

Jörgen Hartogs

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer   |   October 25, 2013 02:09pm ET

Get to know your cat

Why would little Mittens hide under the bed at the slightest sound, whereas Felix loves to cuddle with strangers? What makes Moxie scratch and bite when Henri would never unsheathe his claws?

Despite the fact that cats are the second-most popular pets in America, scientists are just now figuring out what makes one cat friendly and another a grouch. From pedigreed breeds to domestication, here are six secrets to a cat’s personality.

Their own masters

Cats really are the masters in the human-feline relationship. The feline is one of the few animals that domesticated on its own. The domestic cat arose from a wild ancestor cat called Felis silvestris lybica in the Near East and Africa, sometime between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago.

But though humans have bred specific dogs together for desired…

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Sorry, Cat Lovers: Felix Doesn’t Need You

Jörgen Hartogs

by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer   |   September 04, 2015 04:27pm ET

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