Here’s a study that I found highly amusing: researchers found that cats will choose a tray of food over having to work a puzzle to get fed. Um, yeah? And who does this sound like? Humans, of course! Humans are big time freeloaders. In fact, my human’s career as a music journalist in the 1980s and ’90s relied heavily on events that offered free meals.
But apparently humans and cats are the exception to the rule. Birds, rodents, dogs and primates (other than humans) will choose the puzzle instead of the freeload. Losers. Maybe this is why humans and cats are at the top of the food chain. And cats are at the very top, because we not only get free meals, we get them served to us. By humans.
Anyhow, my human wanted to see how I fit into this whole scenario. So we did our own little study, with cat treats.
My human wanted to see if I would do a trick for a treat versus just take the one sitting on the floor.
So she put a freeze dried chicken treat on the rug and held out her hand so I could give her a paw shake first.
I’m no dummy — I went for the treat immediately.
Oh, I still love doing high fives and other tricks for treats. In fact, the study indicated that cats still did the treat puzzles — they just went for the open tray of food first. But you’d have to be crazy to overlook a free meal, right?
So what do you think of this study? Do you believe like I do, that this makes us cats more efficient and human like? Or do you think this was just another attempt to cast cats in a negative light? (In which case, humans need to look at themselves too!) Let me know in the comments.
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