New Study: Your Cat Actually Likes You More Than It Likes Food

By: Joe Hyer

March 30, 2017

Your cat actually likes you more than it likes food, according to a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Processes

The study deprived 50 shelter and house cats of human interaction, food, toys, and scent. After a few hours, the cats were then slowly re-introduced to each of those stimuli. 

Which did the cats miss the most? Social interaction with humans. In fact, 50% of the cats missed the human interaction the most, according to researchers from Oregon State University. 

Of course, if you think your cat likes Meow Mix more than he likes you, it is highly possible that you're right. Researchers found a large variability in what each cat preferred. 37% of cats chose food as their favorite stimuli

This is, however, pretty impressive. I mean, if you asked me around lunch time if I preferred a human interaction or food, I would definitely choose food.