Skip to comments.Actually, Your Cat Thinks You Are a Giant Cat
Posted on 01/12/2014 12:13:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
If you own a cat, you probably identify as something like its mother, albeit a human version, who feeds it, entertains it, and licks its fur to keep it clean (hopefully not). Unfortunately, your cat sees your pet-owner relationship much differently, according to the new book Cat Sense by English biologist Dr. John Bradshaw. It actually thinks youre a larger, non-hostile cat.
When a cat kneads your body or the surface of a bed, its a behavior thats meant for its mothers belly, a message to keep milk flowing. Rubbing up against a human leg or hand is a way of treating you as another cat, the clearest way cats show their affection for us, Bradshaw explains. Leaving dead rats around the house isnt a way of feeding their owners, but rather, the cats want a safe place to eat their kill. When they actually take a bite of the victim, they realize their normal human-delivered cat food tastes way better. And if youve ever seen a rat in any major city, this should be obvious.
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Smart dog. She's right.
How do you know you’re not a giant cat?
“It actually thinks youre a larger, non-hostile cat”
Well, that’s better than “pathetic thrall whom I shall allow to continue to serve me until I get *completely* bored with it.” Which is how I think most cats see us.
Oddly enough, it’s how I think most Democratic politicians see us, too.
And for some strange reason I kinda still miss that.
Hmm, I’ve seen stories where cats attack their humans...why’s that...do the humans suddenly become a threat???
I fear that once the cat learns how to open his tuna tins himself , I will be rendered redundant. (Yet Another human casualty of the Great Obama Depression’s ever- increasing unemployment )
I’m lucky she lets us live here. We’ll be homeless if she figures out how to open the cans.
Some cats, like some people, just aren’t right in the head. Trust me.
Nah, she’ll still let you offer her tribute.
It actually thinks youre a larger, non-hostile cat.
That’s why a pet fish in a fish tank works for me. No chance of the small ones attacking one.
Don’t know about her, but I’m feeling no hostility.
Maybe she’ll let me in from the backyard once a day to do scoops. I’ll stand at the door with a dead bird in my mouth.
True. OTOH, not much purring or chin skritchies.
Now you’re speaking her language!
Maybe now would be a good time to explain to her why its annoying when she flicks little Fancy Feast pieces around her food bowl on the floor.
(Yeah, right. I need this job too much to make a complaint.)
Also fish don't bite. Very low maintenance pets.
But I totally get the comfort cats & dogs can give. Its so easy to talk to them they meow or bark back while fish do nothing.
I don’t see the diff between Mama or Papa and a great big cat who feeds it.
Also, I think the reason women often prefer cats is because we’re hard wired to take care of small warm cuddly things, and they’re happy to oblige. Match made in heaven!
Cats actually agree on this point.
I’m a guy, and I like both cats and dogs. (And despite this article, I’m still reasonably certain that my tomcat sees me as a surrogate mama.)
Lots of guys are very nurturing (in a manly way! LOL!). Cats love my dad and vice versa. But I think women are programmed by nature for it.
This must apply to rats only.
My cats catch mice, rabbits, chipmunks and give them to my dog who eats them.
The feral cat who had kittens in my home, had a stash of dead mice nearby till I found her and started feeding her.
Sometimes they bring their catch indoors to snack on later, after they've tossed the carcass throughout the house. Other times they eat it where they caught it. Outdoors.
It has nothing to do with feeding the owner or safe place to eat.
She had a dozen different cat ears and tails, furry socks and cat shoes, cat belts, and her clothes had all kinds of cat badges and images and slogans, etc.
A good worker, and seemed completely normal otherwise, so HR just let her come to work each day.
We had a lot of foreign born workers, they were completely fascinated by her, and would ask her permission to take her picture on breaks, which they would send to friends and family still living in the homeland.
We also had a guy who had perfectly manicured three inch finger nails.
I'm told he was obsessed with the Hugh Jackman Wolverine movies, but I never heard him mention that myself.
The Filipino women called him “The Eagle.”
That's actually kind of cute.
try a clam...had one once...kept it in a fish bowl...never fed it...never knew if it was dead or alive...low maintenance...George, the clam.
Yeah, it was all good until she started shedding, right?
“...HR just let her come to work each day.”
And threw her a halibut from time to time? Easier to keep on check than most employees, I suppose. As long as the fish doesn’t run out. Otherwise, I’d have accounting on quick dial - that could turn ugly
My much beloved kitty, now an angel, must have thought I was her mom. She use to knead me. She would also knead her stuffed panda.
Drove me crazy. I hated it. Now I miss it so much.
My screen name Fai Mao, is a transliteration of my English name (Philip)into Chinese. Fai Mao means Fat Cat means Fat Cat so I really an giant cat
Glad to avoid all this by having a dog :)
My cat knows that she is the ZooKeeper in a human Zoo.
The opposite is why men like dogs... Men need validation of their dominance and ability to lead or fontrol... and an obedient goofy dog provides that.
“Dogs have masters; cats have staff.”
Our cat of 21 yrs just died and we miss her a lot as we developed a terrific bond. She seemed more dog like then cat. At night she used to sleep on my arm using it as a pillow. I picked up her ashes this past wednesday and have been sad since.
Let me guess. You live in California.
Thank God it’s morning and I have all day to rid that nightmare image from my brain before going to sleep tonight.
Condolences on your loss.
UGH!!!! It’s not nice to scare people so early on a Sunday morning before coffee....
(now I have to wash out my mind’s eye)
Hope the specimen has been spayed/neutered.
My Little Killer often attacks me hence her name. Its usually when she wants attention or has enough attention. Shell be on my lap, Ill be petting her. Suddenly she sinks her fangs in my hand and hangs on with her claws. I have to smack her head to make her let go.
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