Skip to comments.Research Claims Your Cat Thinks Youíre Just Another (Big!) Cat
Posted on 01/16/2014 6:04:02 AM PST by shove_it
According to Dr. John Bradshaw, whos studied felines for over 30 years and wrote the tome Cat Sense, cats were never bred for companionship. In fact, they tend to think of humans as big, lazy, overgrown fellow cats, which might explain some of that cool, disinterested behavior towards us.
Bradshaw also tells CNET that cats now face possibly more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries, alleging that breeders who try to domesticate them are doing more damage than good to the natural predators.
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Fair enough. I think my cat is just another little person.
how much tax money was spent on this?
Bradshaw also discovered that cats who were shamed as kittens live unhappy adult lives.
Boo hoo hoo! I'm glad to hear it. Cats suck.
I resemble that remark...
“Fair enough. I think my cat is just another little person.”
Post of the day.
(At least in the cat-lover category.)
You never met my first cat, Peaches. She could charm the most confirmed cat hater.
We had a male cat who definitely acted like he thought he was one of us.
Just the way he would look at us in our eyes.
I recall getting ready for dinner and he jumps in one of our seats and sits there looking at us like ‘Please pass the...”
Yup. I wonder what kind of Dr. this Dr. is?
Were this true, my big black-n-white would be mauling every person who came down the walk.
Ours has been known to do the same. Sit at an empty chair at the table, with his little face just over the edge of the table, watching everything, like he’s part of the action.
I’m very happy to say our cat is not the stereotypical standoffish lazy “cat” type at all. She’s more well behaved than most dogs (or humans) I’ve known. Even knows how to beg for treats by raising a paw.
Earns her keep, too. She’s killed about a dozen rats left on our doorstep.
We had a female cat at the same time who acted nothing like that. This was the male cat doing it and he had his claws and loved to go out and hunt too.
You want to see if you can capture it in photographs for history because back then I found seeing our cat present himself and look like he would actually talk to us as ahuman would, like he was a real part of the family, was unique.
Our female cat and dog couldn't do it.
I’ve tried to mind meld with my cat....I got nothing
Me, too. Without the hairballs, of course..............
I should mention that he was hamming it up for human food, he used to smack my mom in the head with his paw while she was watching TV to try to get some human food out of her.
She finally got a watergun to end that.
It was fun to watch,
Geez! You're brutal! I don't like democrats any better than the next guy but you cat might be going at it a bit heavy.
The cat is waaaaay to sophisticated and advanced for us mere humans..............He was probably ignoring you or using the Feline Mind Block technique..........ever find dead animals on your doorstep? He was feeding his pet.................
We had a cat when I was a teen that would catch frogs, snakes, squirrels and such and leave them on the back porch steps, as gifts. I can still remember my mom screaming when she opened the back door and stepped on a snake, dead of course...................
My cats know that I’m the only cat around here that can work the can opener! Seriously though, the idea that cats aren’t affectionate is weird to me. Mine greet me at the door right along with the dog. One of them will come sprinting from two yards away when he hears my car. If I don’t immediately get out, he jumps on the windshield and starts yelling at me. They even show affection to the dog.
That said, they are generally not as needy as dogs, and they do like to kill little creatures and eat them.
Several years ago I broke an ankle. My kitty, Timothy, stayed with me the whole time I was laid up. He was so devoted that he hardly ate or drank and developed kidney failure. Luckily, we got it under control and he lived several more years. I’m a big dog lover, but no dog could ever hold a candle to Timothy as far as devotion and affection.
A few years ago one of my barn cats went missing for a couple of weeks. When she finally showed up she had a compound fracture of her right rear leg. I scooped her up and took her to the vet who removed her leg. Since that time she has been my house cat.
Every day when I get home she immediately finds me and plops down on my lap for the duration. If I am home she will let me know when she is hungry so that I can pick her up and put her near the food which we keep in the laundry room on the counter so the dog can’t eat it, even though she can climb up there.
She knows that I saved her life and repays me everyday with her affection. She doesn’t do this with my wife or kids only me.
Ha! Yes, birds, mice and small snakes...that was my good cat. the indoor one is one of the top 10 useless cats in America.
“Mine greet me at the door right along with the dog.”
My last cat (may she rest in peace), when I returned from work and opened the front door to my condo, would instantly begin racing back and forth from the bedroom to the living room, to the bedroom and back, again and again, until I sat down to pet her. She was just so excited I was home, and would be like sticky glue attached to me for about the next hour. Only then would she relax (after being fed of course) and go back to typical kitty duties of sleeping, being petted, playing around, hitting the kitty litter box, repeat, wash and rinse.
I’ve seen cats that I liked. I am sure there are other outliers. I’m highly allergic to them, though.
“Seriously though, the idea that cats arent affectionate is weird to me.”
I used to think that, until we picked up Apple from the local shelter. When the shelter worker handed Apple to my wife, the first thing she did was give my wife a head bonk on the chin. We knew at that moment we had been chosen.
She doesn’t care much for sitting in a lap, but pick her up and hold her on your shoulder and she will cover you with head bonks (and occasionally give you a little nip, which I don’t care for).
Patch, our feral rescue, is also quite affectionate, and she does like sitting in a lap. But she’s definitely decided who her humans are; she loves me and likes my wife, but disappears under the bed when we have company.
That’s a happy looking little kitteh.
I miss my persians, they are wonderful but they seem to only bond with one person and that’s it.
I had a beautiful Angora when I was 4. She loved me until she got older and then she became my Mom’s cat.
Oh yeah, head bonks are awesome. Every kitteh I’ve had over thirty some odd years has been very affectionate.
LOL! Good one!
>>> Bradshaw also discovered that cats who were shamed as kittens live unhappy adult lives.
This Bradshaw is nuts. My female cat not only knew I wasn’t a cat, she also knew the same was true about herself.
I’d say that my cats think they’re people, but I don’t think they’d like the demotion.