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A major study claims your perfect pet cat actually does love you

All these years, we've been thinking about cats wrong.

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Cats have love for their owners.

This article originally appeared on 10.30.19


Cats can sometimes come off like aloof jerks. Their love often seems conditional. But turns out they actually love you more than they let on. Your cat might shoot you a stone-cold stare every time you pet it, but it actually harbors warm feelings underneath. And it's not just because you feed it.

A study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University found that cats form "secure attachments" to their owners, meaning cats feel a sense of security from their owners. It's not dissimilar from dogs and babies. The findings were published in Current Biology.

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Chloe Lippman might just be the happiest dog in New York City.

The 11-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback belongs to Dr. Lisa Lippman, a veterinarian with an expansive social media following who specializes in teaching pet owners how to spark joy in their furry friends.

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Missing cat rings her family's doorbell.

Sometimes animals appear much more human than they ought to and one cat has been playing close attention to the ways of the two-legged pooper scoopers. Lily, an 8-year-old indoor-outdoor cat gave her family the most pleasant surprise by ringing the doorbell to be let back into the house. The very savvy kitty-cat's family recently moved to a new neighborhood and after she went out to explore she didn't come back to her new home.

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Hey there, fellow cat people and people who know cat people!

If you're here, there's a good chance you know a quirky cat lover or are one yourself, and what a delight. Cats are simply the best creatures, a perfect blend of grace, strength, agility and delightful derpiness. They're beautiful, soft little weirdos, affectionate when they want to be, aloof when they don't and notoriously independent.

Cats are superior and they know it, which is hilarious. We may talk about guard dogs, but only a fool would mess with a cat.

Cat people are cat people because they revel in cats' unique personalities and appreciate their idiosyncrasies. But that doesn't mean they love all cat-related things.

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