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A few hours later, the stimuli were reintroduced in order to deduce what the felines would choose.
The study, which was published in the “Behavioural Processes” science journal Friday, found that half of them — both pet and shelter cats — favored human interaction over anything else. Thirty-seven percent went for the food.
"Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities," the authors of the study wrote. "Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable."
Read the full study at ScienceDirect.com.
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