Good News Tewsday: It’s Official!


Yes, cat moms, it’s time to gloat over slobbering dog lovers: cats DO love us more than noms!

New research from Oregon State University, published in Behavioural Processes, states that cats enjoy human contact more than they like eating.

Yep. You read that right. Cats prefer chillaxin’ with humans to eating.

The authors of the study wrote that cats are often seen as not especially sociable or trainable because there is a “lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for.”

Researchers subjected cats to a series of tests to prove what they would choose in different situations. They took a mix of fifty shelter and already-homed cats and deprived them of food, human contact, scent and toys for a few hours. They then reintroduced stimuli in these four categories to see which the cats chose.

Human socialization was their preferred choice.

The study concluded that,

While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency, we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.

That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t love to get a Hooligan in a Can gift, though!

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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at

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  1. Johnny says:

    That’s so sweet. I’m glad my little one likes me more than food… cause I like him more than food too!

  2. Bocce Tabby says:

    A hooman with some noms is the best. Just sayin.


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