Seems canine house owners are simply as delicate to their pets’ wants because the proverbial “loopy cat girls” we’re at all times listening to a lot about.
In truth, a examine printed within the journal Royal Society Open Science seems to debunk the concept of the “loopy cat woman” altogether, not solely as a result of dog-owners are equally empathetic to the sounds of their distressed pets, but additionally as a result of cat house owners present no indicators of being extra anxious, emotional or depressed than their doggie-doting counterparts.
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Researchers at UCLA initially hypothesized that cat house owners can be extra emotional, or undergo from extra anxiousness and despair, than different teams they noticed, together with canine house owners and folk with no pets in any respect. Upon analyzing the outcomes from the examine’s 511 members (264 owned pets, 297 didn’t), their speculation didn’t maintain up.
“We discovered no variations between cat house owners and the opposite members on any of the self-reported measures of hysteria, despair or experiences in relationships,” the examine explains.
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The pet house owners, general, did seem to empathize extra with their canines and cats upon listening to the animals’ meows and whimpers, as they rated the sounds “sadder” than the group who didn’t already personal pets.
Curiously sufficient, the sounds of a whimpering canine have been rated “considerably sadder” than the meows of cats.
“We discovered no proof to help the ‘cat woman’ stereotype,” wrote the examine’s authors, who traced the trope way back to 1872, when The New York Instances printed an editorial referred to as “Cats and Craziness.”
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“Cat house owners didn’t differ from others on self-reported signs of despair, anxiousness or their experiences in shut relationships.“