Posted October 14, 2018 09:08:38 Magnetic Lures are a popular way to lure a cat in, but you may need to think twice before using them.
A new study suggests magnetic lures may not be the best way to get a cat to go in the house.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University at Buffalo analyzed magnetic lure use in 19 states and found magnetic luring was a better option than a variety of other methods to get cats to enter a house.
In addition, magnetic lure use was linked to lower levels of cat anxiety, and cat owners were more likely to use magnetic lursers to get their cats to stay in the home.
The study is published in the journal Animal Behavior and the study found magnetic lure usage was associated with lower levels, less anxiety and lower levels (and therefore more likely) of cat-associated anxiety.
The researchers also found the number of times a magnetic lurer was used did not influence the likelihood of a cat staying in the room, even after controlling for factors such as whether a cat was an indoor cat, whether a magnetic lamp was on and whether cats had previously been introduced to the home by their owners.
“The finding that magnetic lurers are associated with less anxiety in cats who have already been introduced suggests that they may provide a convenient alternative to using a conventional lure,” lead researcher David M. O’Connell, a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology, said in a statement.
“There is evidence that magnetic lure uses are associated, in part, with reduced cat anxiety and cat-related anxiety.
It is important that we are aware that our findings do not provide evidence that these behaviors are due to magnetic lurking alone,” O’Connor added.”
In addition, we found that the number and frequency of lures used did, in fact, not significantly affect the likelihood that cats would enter the home.”
In other words, magnetic lure owners were not the only ones using magnets to get the cats to come inside their homes.
Other factors that might influence how often a cat comes into a home included the home’s structure, proximity to other cats and whether the home had a pet door.
O’Connell said the study provides more research to determine if magnetic lure behavior can be used safely in cats and cats in general.
“We believe that magnetic stimulation can be an effective and safe alternative to conventional methods to attract cats to the house, even when the cat is an indoor, indoor cat,” he said.
“It is important to note that the majority of magnetic lure-related cat bites occur in people.
Therefore, the study does not prove that magnetic use can safely attract cats into a room with their owners.”
The study was conducted with research assistants Stephanie K. Schreiner, Matthew J. Stutzman, David M, and Andrew P. DeAngelo.