Women and Cats Really Do Have a Bond
Discovery News published an article of study that shows that women and their cats really do have a special bond.
In the study led by Kurt Kotrschal of the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna, 41 cats and their owners, over lengthy four-part periods, were video taped and later analyzed.
Notes of all behaviors, of both the cats and their owners were taken.
The study revealed that cats and their humans had a strong influence on each other. The influence was strong enough that the cat and its owner were controlling each others behaviors. The cat might give a subtle cue, such as pointing its tail straight up in the air. This cue would then illicit a response from its owner.
The research also showed that women interacted more with their cats than men did. Manuela Wedl, co-author of the University of Vienna, noted that "In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently, and initiate contact more frequently (such as jumping on laps) than they do with male owners," and that "female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners."
The article noted that cats seemed to remember kindness and would return favors to their owners later.
In my experience, cats also remembered “misdeeds” and would also return the same favor later, often by surprise.
Cats are complex creatures and women are complex beings so it makes sense that the two seem to have a special bond.
Enjoy the bond with your kitty, but be warned. This bond does have a stigma with it, and a woman that may seem too dependent on the relationships with her cats can be referred to as a "Crazy Cat Lady."