Via Discovery News, recent research from the University of Vienna sttempts to explain better how cats manipulate people, and vice versa, as it happens. Cats seem to remember kindness, storing credits for later, and are more likely to respond to those sensitive to them—not a bad policy, really—and it turns out more often to be women than men with whom cats develop synchronistic behavior.
“In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently, and initiate contact more frequently (such as jumping on laps) than they do with male owners,” co-author Manuela Wedl of the University of Vienna told Discovery News, adding that “female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners.”
Researchers are still pondering the most common and benficial human-pet relationships. They haven’t yet created a category to explain, um, this: