Cats Like Men, but Adore Women
A research study soon to be published in Behavioural Processes will report that the cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it’s not just for the sake of obtaining food.
The bond between cats and their owners turns out to be far more intense than imagined, especially for cat-loving women and their affection reciprocating felines.
The study is the first to show that the dynamics underlying cat-human relationships are nearly identical to human-only bonds.
Relationships between cats and their owners mirror human bonds, especially when the owner is a woman.
Kurt Kotrschal of the Konrad Research Station and the University of Vienna videotaped and later analyzed interactions between 41 cats and their owners over lengthy four-part periods. Owner and cat personalities were also assessed in a separate test.
Co-author Dorothy Gracey of the University of Vienna says, “A relationship between a cat and a human can involve mutual attraction, personality compatibility, ease of interaction, play, affection and social support.”
While cats have plenty of male admirers and vice versa, this study and other reveal that women tend to interact with their cats, both male and female felines, more than men do.
Source: Discovery News, Jennifer Viegas.
Pet Guide Magazine interviews ADC doctor
Southern California’s Pet Guide Magazine recently conducted an interview with Animal Dermatology Clinic (Tustin), Dr. Rusty Muse. Pet Guide Magazine is printed and distributed locally but can also be read on-line at www.petsguidemagazine.com. Editor Liz Davis’ article “Scratch That Itch”, asks Dr. Muse about food and environmental allergy, bathing and what you can do at home in preparation as the allergy season ramps up.
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Employee Spotlight: Leslie Ferguson
Leslie is our receptionist in the Marietta, GA clinic and has been a long time employee at Animal Dermatology Clinic since being hired in 2000.
She began working in our Tustin, CA location when last year she found an opportunity to get closer to family in the Southeast and accepted a position in Georgia.Leslie lives with “Kyle” an orange tabby. Many years ago, she had to give him away because she could not keep him and a family across town accepted Kyle, only to have him run away. Weeks later, Kyle appeared back at Leslie’s home! It was an amazing feat, crossing many streets and a busy southern California freeway.
“I really enjoy living in Georgia. California was very nice when I lived there, but the change of seasons and the pace of life is pleasant change for me. I now plan to buy a house here.” And yes, Kyle is still with her.