GISMETEO: Scientists explain why a cat walks by itself – Animals

Japanese scientists published a paper in which they explained why cats do not tend to have close contact with their brethren.


Many have noticed that “the cat walks by itself.” They are not really social animals, like dogs, for example.

To understand why this is so, the researchers set up an experiment. They set up surveillance cameras and began to record the lifestyle of 3 cat groups (5 individuals each) for three weeks. Animal urine and feces were also collected to improve their hormonal levels and gut microbiome composition.

It turned out that in cats with high testosterone and cortisol levels, interaction with other individuals was noticeably less active than those with low hormonal levels.

In addition, it turned out that the cat is more willing to make contact with the relative, which has similar microorganisms in the intestines.

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