Kristyn’s thesis research involves kitten training and socialization. She wants to see what influence this class has on the cats and their relationships with their owners. Half of the cats are control kittens (no training classes) and the other half participate in the classes and in-home visits. Over 60 kittens between the ages of 3-8 months have participated so far. The hypothesis is that kittens that have taken the class will be better at picking up on social cues and have a stronger bond to their owner.
Kristyn’s dissertation involved cat preferences. Dr. Monique Udell and Kristyn’s research was featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Washington Post, and National Geographic. They found that the majority of cats preferred to interact with humans (pet, play, and vocalization) than with toys, food, or scents. 50% of the cats chose human interaction to the second most popular of choice of food at 37%. It’s been scientifically proven that cats do love their humans!
Link to Kristen's Research Site