Monday, December 3, 2012
Now this just is annoying
Seriously, someone calls THIS research??
Not only did they call it research, but some reporter thought it was news!! arrgh. Why on earth are stereotypes "news"? Why oh why do they not consider there are probably more factors in play besides genetics.
Now I will admit there is a lot to genetics for personality. Siamese cats are talkers, Aabyssinians are known for being very people orientated, Ragdolls are companionable, but I dare you to do an ACTUAL study of cats not just an observational one.
Cats are aloof or affectionate depending on how they were raised. They learn what to expect from the world in the first 8-12 weeks of their life. If they were raised in a household that wanted them, loves them, and cherishes them (not to mention the owners love of the breed and possibly the love of the money to be made off of them) than they turn into very affectionate kitties. If they are out on their own and they learn to rely on themselves and accept that life doesn't include cuddles and attention at their demand, and often they learn that people coming at them can mean very bad things, so they are very wary when it does happen.
For this to be an actual study, you need to put sets of kittens from birth into a home that is going to lavish attention on these kittens from day one. I can tell you my motley crew of moggies are very affectionate. Even Eli, who has every right to be 'aloof', demands that we pay attention to him quite regularly now.
All this "study" does is condemn kitties waiting for homes in shelters..
There are some amazingly affectionate, beautiful, playful, cuddly, fun, amazing cats at your local shelter, and I challenge you to rescue your next kitty..