Monday, March 2, 2009
A recent study conducted by Seattle Pacific University shows that people who own cats are far more likely to have cat hair on their clothing than people who do not own cats. The study was conducted by Dr. Hairy Pinkie, Ph.D., Associate professor of Sociology at SPU.
"This study has been a long time coming," Dr. Pinkie said, "we studied three different groups of people; people who owned cats, people who did not own cats, and people who owned fruit bats."
The study showed a positive correlation between cat ownership and cat hair accumulation on clothing. A positive correlation indicates that both variables increase or decrease together, whereas negative correlation indicates that as one variable increases, so the other decreases.
Radar said "I always had the suspicion that there was a link there somewhere..."
Not so suprisingly then, people who owned fruit bats reported no cat hair whatsoever on their clothing. The outcome of the study also means that the more cats you own, the more cat hair you will accumulate on your clothing. This alone could mean that if you have more than one cat, you could be seeing a good amount of cat hair on your clothing at any given time.
"We have a very long way to go with regard to outcomes in the future" Dr. Pinkie explains, "there is much to be learned from such a complicated data set." Currently the Department of Sociology at SPU conducts cat hair research projects through funding provided exclusively by the National Association for Hairball Treatment and Prevention Center (NAHTC).
Cat hair as seen on a local cat owner's shirt
There are plans for future studies involving the relationship between cat dander on furniture and cat ownership. Local cats were interested in the outcome of this study.
One local cat, Radar, a 6-year-old Domestic Short Hair said "I always had the suspicion that there was a link there somewhere between cat ownership and the appearance of cat hair on clothing. I did alot of research myself on the net, but never found anything really solid to back up my claims."
It is believed that because of the outcome of this study, it might also be possible to prove greater amounts of cat hair is found on the furniture of cat owners than on the furniture of those who do not own cats. "I think that this is a landmark study." continued Radar, "There is, of course, much more to be studied and logged, but many papers can now definitively be written and published with confidence that we just didn't have before."
Copyright Sharyn Thoma-Guay
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 7:36 AM