Cats don't....Cats are assholes...
Dogs feel your pain and want you to know they are there for you.
That's the message from boffins at Goldsmiths University who have
published research showing domestic dogs show empathy when confronted
with human distress.
Dr Deborah Custance and Jennifer Mayer exposed 18 dogs to four
separate 20-second experiments in which either the pet's owner or a
stranger pretended to cry, hummed in an odd manner, or carried out
a casual conversation.
Results showed significantly more dogs looked at, approached and
touched the humans as they were crying as opposed to humming, and no
dogs responded during talking.
Ms Mayer said: "The dogs approached whoever was crying regardless of their identity.
"Thus they were responding to the person’s emotion, not their own
needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behaviour."
For more on the study, visit eprints.gold.ac.uk/7074/
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