Popular belief suggests cats are more independent and less likely to form close attachments with humans. However, a new study casts doubt on this myth. Researchers have found cats display the same main attachment styles to their owners as dogs, and babies to their parents.
Mothers who suffer from personality disorders impact their teenage children's attachment styles, leaving them prone to insecure attachments, depression, and anxiety later in life.
Female macaques appear to form an attachment to their infants via tactile sensations of their soft textures rather than on other cues, including sight and sound.