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A recent study looked at the bond cats form with their owners. Researchers found that these felines were just as happy playing with strangers as they were with their people. When the owners left the room, some of the kitties meowed in protest, but didn't bother greeting them when they returned. The scientists' conclusion: Cats don't bond with people in the same way dogs do.
As cat lovers, we thought these results sounded pretty wrong. So we asked fellow pet owners to share stories that proved their kitties' affection:
"My childhood cat loves when I visit home! She sits right on my lap to prevent me from leaving. When I'm gone she meows for hours outside my bedroom, wandering around looking for me!" -- Kate Goodin, Jersey City, NJ
"My cat knows when I'm feeling down and curls up next to me every time." -- Doug Musto, San Jose, CA
"My old cat, Shadow, used to like my singing voice a lot. When I was away at school, my mom played a recording of me singing one day, and he ran to the computer. When it was over, he wouldn't stop meowing. When she played it again, he calmed right down." -- Sarah Potteiger, Cinnaminson, NJ
"My cat, Fritzi, would bring me stolen socks from the apartment complex's laundry room. She was always so proud and pleased to bring me these gifts." -- Renet Presas, Austin, TX
"Our cat, Bianca, cries at the door in the night to be let in our room and then hops up in my pillow (never my husband's) and then kneads/licks my scalp while purring furiously. She's been doing this since she was our foster kitten and to me only. She definitely knows who her Mama is! -- Jane Nussbaum, Brooklyn, NY
"When my 14-year-old husky died, my cat, Sam, sat by the window--where she sat every day when I took the dog for a walk--for hours, waiting for her to come back. She also carries a tiny stuffed husky around every night, wailing a mournful meow. Then she hops on my bed, with the toy husky still in her mouth, and curls up with it". -- Delia Isabel Sunderland, Santa Monica, CA
"When I got I got a nasty case of the flu, I was holed up on my couch for many days. Watson, who never hangs out on the couch--he prefers an armchair or the bed--came over. He lay on me and licked my face and didn't whine for me to play with him. I really think that he could tell that I was sick and needed company." -- Jessica Leigh Hester, Brooklyn, NY
"Our cat, Whiskers, rolls onto her belly every time I walk through the front door, and won't get up until I scratch and cuddle her." -- Anna Suben, Rochester, NY
"I generally sleep on my left side and my cat regularly sleeps along my right side, spread out from my hip to my ribs. If I roll over in the middle of the night, he rolls with me and reclaims a spot on my back. When the alarm goes off, he meows and begs for attention, helping me wake up." -- Linnea Zielinksi, New York, NY