Cats pick peo­ple over toys, cat­nip

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE -

Re­searchers at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­sity of­fered 38 cats a choice among food, a toy, an in­ter­est­ing smell (cat­nip, a ger­bil) and at­ten­tion from a hu­man.

Thirty-seven per­cent pre­ferred food to any­thing else. Eleven per­cent liked toys, and one cat was pre­oc­cu­pied with the smells of cat­nip and ger­bils.

But 19 of them — half! — pre­ferred the com­pany of hu­mans above all, choos­ing them over other en­ter­tain­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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