Cats are extremely hard to study.

But researchers are making progress. Recent studies suggest that cats make great companions and pets. For instance, cats purr at a frequency that could benefit your health. And despite their reputation for being unfriendly, they love their owners just as much as dogs do.

The majority of cats use their owner as a source of security. Your cat is depending on you to feel secure when they are stressed out. Kristyn Vitale, Lead Researcher Oregon State University In fact, Oregon State University researchers say cats actually enjoy interacting with humans more than with food!