A review of over three decades of research on cat-human and human-cat interactions and relationships

Behav Processes. 2017 Aug;141(Pt 3):297-304. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.01.008. Epub 2017 Jan 22.


This review article covers research conducted over the last three decades on cat-human and human-cat interactions and relationships, especially from an ethological point of view. It includes findings on cat-cat and cat-human communication, cat personalities and cat-owner personalities, the effects of cats on humans, and problems caused by cats.

Keywords: Cat-human relationships; Communication; Ethology; Personality; Socialization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Cats / psychology*
  • Communication*
  • Human-Animal Bond*
  • Humans
  • Personality*
  • Research