Why Are Cats So Selfish?

Many people have a negative opinion of cats because they’re often labelled as selfish. But a new study has challenged this idea by testing the loyalty of domestic cats to their owners. It turns out cats are not nearly as selfish as many people believe. They’re just naturally more loyal than we are. Here are some things you should know about this feline species. And you might even find a new appreciation for cats!

Positive bias in cats

Despite our common human-cat relationships, cats seem to feel more welcoming towards strangers than to the people they help. A recent study looked at how people interpreted pictures of cats and found a pattern. People who were more prone to the negativity bias were more likely to distrust cats. Cats also preferred to eat from people who were helpful rather than the people who were not. Researchers from Japan used the same approach to study dogs and found that cats’ positive bias toward strangers was not dependent on the person’s ability to help them.

The positivity bias in faces was also observed in a study conducted by Feyereisen et al. This study concluded that cats process positive faces more quickly than negative faces. In addition, positive faces are visually distinct from negative ones, which could explain the higher likelihood of a positive face being detected. This bias is also associated with how cats interact with humans. However, the exact mechanism behind the bias is not yet fully understood. The most likely cause is the evolution of cats and humans to avoid threats.

Humans’ parenting instincts

In human-cat relationships, we seem to develop the same types of parenting instincts as do children. Despite our preference for human babies, we have no trouble attaching to our cats. This may be due to our baby-like schema response. And the results aren’t all bad. Cats also seem to have strong attachments with their owners. They may even be more affectionate with their human than their own children.

It is important to recognize that cats have learned to trigger our parenting instincts. Cats often purr when they want food, but they do not always do so. When they do, they know they will get what they want. Cats also learn to recognize their human owners as their own mother. They often behave differently from their humans, but they are still attached to their humans. In fact, they have adapted to the human world by learning to recognize humans as their own mothers.


Some of the reasons why cats are so incredibly selfish are well-documented. One such reason is that they manipulate people’s emotions. Some cat blogs even repeat the idea that cats bring dead animals back to life. This is just not true. Cats are able to use their emotions to get food or a warm cuddle. Cats do not infect humans with T. gondii, but they do have the ability to change people’s personalities. Some research even suggests that cats are responsible for eradicating many endangered species.

Toxoplasmosis gondii

Cats may be the best companions for people, but they can also be the best hosts for parasites like Toxoplasma gondii. Cats may be self-centered, but this doesn’t mean they’re selfish. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that affects the behavior of both its intermediate and definitive hosts. It requires a predatory definitive host to transmit the infection, so it manipulates the behavior of its intermediate host to maximize its transmission.

Although there are multiple contributing factors to schizophrenia, some studies have linked T. gondii to certain personality traits in humans. People with T. gondii infections may exhibit more aggressive and impulsive behavior, which increases the risk of traffic accidents. These behavioral changes are a result of the parasite infection itself, and are dependent on both genders and duration of the infection. For example, men and women exhibit opposite personality traits if they’re infected with T. gondii.


Some scientists believe that cats are more likely to be selfish than other animals because they have learned to trigger our parenting instincts. Cats don’t always purr like this, but when they do, it’s because they know it’ll get them what they want. For instance, they purr when they want food, which will result in the reward of food. Cats also know they can get more than they want if they’re selfish.

One study shows that cats prefer human company to other animals. While some cats are more social, others are more solitary and are perfectly content with being alone. This study, conducted at Oregon State University, shows that cats do not avoid humans when they’re alone. It even shows that cats don’t avoid strangers who don’t offer to help them. The researchers also studied 55 cats and discovered that cats prefer human attention over other cats, food, and other things.