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Researchers say cats are neither aloof nor cruel

Cats are perceived as aloof, but those that are socialized to humans as kittens are affectionate and often form close ties to their owners, though they do maintain a level of independence, says biologist Dennis Turner, who studies the relationship between people and domestic cats. Cats also appear to play cruelly with their prey, but researcher Maxeen Biben found that cats are simply being cautious.

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