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  We tend to see house cats as aloof and independent, mostly preferring to engage in their own kitty business. But that assumption may be littered with error. Because a new study finds that, given a choice, Fluffy would probably pick you over her favorite toy or treat. The research—which might give cat owners pause—a purrs in the journal Behavioral Processes.

  我们倾向于认为家猫是高傲且独立的,大多喜欢关注自己的小猫人生。但这一假设可能是错误。因为一项新的研究发现,如果给出选择,猫咪可能会选择你,而不是她最喜欢的玩具或食物。这项研究这可能会让猫主子们暗自窃喜。

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  Scientists have analyzed what dogs like. And cotton-top tamarins, Galapagos tortoises, even giant pandas. But Kristyn Vitale Shreve, a grad student at Oregon State University, realized that no one had ever really put feline predilections to the test.

  科学家分析了狗喜欢什么,甚至绢毛猴,加拉帕戈斯龟和大熊猫喜欢什么。但是俄勒冈州立大学的研究生KristynVitaleShreve意识到,从来没有人真正地把猫的喜好测试过。

  So Shreve and her team got 25 house cats and 25 shelter cats and stuck each in a room with a set of several items. In the first round of tests, kitties got to spend time with objects in four different categories: toys, like a feather or a stuffed mouse; odors, like a cloth that smells of catnip or a gerbil; food, like tuna or chicken; and a human, who would pet them or talk to them or play with them.

  于是,Shreve和她的团队得到了25只家庭猫和25只来自收容所的猫,并将每只猫都带进了一个有几种物品的房间。在第一轮测试中,小猫需要花时间在四个不同类别的物品上:玩具,比如羽毛或填充老鼠;气味,就像猫薄荷或沙鼠的气味;食物,比如金枪鱼或鸡肉;人类,他们会爱抚它们、与它们交谈或与它们玩耍。

  In the final round, the top item from each category would be pitted head-to-head-to-head-to-head for the title of kitty’s most favorite thing.

  在最后一轮中,我们将找到小猫最喜欢的东西。

  The results? “Our take home message is that although each cat displays an individual preference for each item,” Kristyn Vitale Shreve, “the majority of cats and shelter cats preferred interaction with a human. Followed next by food, then toys, then scent.”

  结果呢? “我们发现,虽然每只猫都表现出对某一种物品的偏好,”克里斯特恩·维塔莱·谢里夫(Kristyn Vitale Shreve)说,“大多数的猫更喜欢与人类互动,其次是食物,然后是玩具,然后是气味。”

  Fully half the cats preferred spending time with people—although tuna did come in a close second. And six of the 50 test kitties chose to keep it finicky by refusing to interact with anything or anyone at all.

  有一半的猫更喜欢和人在一起--尽管金枪鱼在第二位。在50只测试猫中,只有6只挑剔的喵拒绝与任何东西或任何人互动。

  The results suggest that if you ever want to purrsuade your feline friend, you might offer your attention as a reward.

  研究结果表明,如果你想说服你的喵玩,你可以给予你的关注作为奖励。

  “This research is relevant, especially in an applied setting, where preference tests like these could be used to assess an individual’s most preferred item. And then that item could be used for training purposes. Or even to serve as enrichment, especially for shelter cats or potentially other captive wild cats to reduce negative behaviors or even stereotypic behaviors.”

  “这项研究是相对的,具体的环境需要具体对待,像这样的偏好测试可以用来评估个体喵最喜欢的东西。然后这个东西就可以用于训练目的了。甚至可以作为一种改进措施,特别是对庇护猫或其他野猫,以减少它们的消极行为。”


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