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Cats also fall into optical illusions: NPR

Cats also fall into optical illusions: NPR

Ash Cat chose the Kanizs’ box tonic – in other words, a dummy box – in a new study in which pet owners provided data.

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Ash Cat chose the Kanizs’ box tonic – in other words, a dummy box – in a new study in which pet owners provided data.

Tara McCready

If you’ve ever spent time with cats, you’ve probably noticed that they love packing in small, convenient boxes. You might not know that they will also be sitting inside a 2D square diagram on the floor. Plus, a new study found that cats will automatically sit inside an optical illusion that appears to be just a square.

It is believed to be the first of its kind a study Engage volunteers to observe cats in their homes, a strategy to avoid what has historically been a major obstacle to studying feline knowledge in the laboratory – the uncooperative nature of cats.

“Cats are funny, cats are weird and weird and we love them for that. In some ways, they’re difficult to study, because we often rely on training models and cats aren’t very enthusiastic about training,” he says. Gabriella SmithThe study is being led by an animal behavior researcher currently working with the Alex Foundation, an avian cognition lab.