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The cat's role in the family.

By Brad Kollus

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For the past decade, numerous studies and surveys have asked pet owners if their cats and dogs are part of their family. The results are always the same: People overwhelmingly consider their cats and dogs part of their families along with their spouses and children.  

But researchers also wonder how cats interact with human family members and what role they play in the family. Many studies have examined the roles of husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, but few have looked at how their cats and dogs fit in.

**Get the August 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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