It has always interested me: how do cats see us? Do they see us as a large mother cat or as another species providing for them?
I have always tended to believe that the domestic cat saw us as a cat. I think I am wrong. I stress the word, “think”.
We are never going to really know, for sure, how our cat sees us. We are large, way too large to be a domestic cat and we don’t have hair anymore except on our head and in other places were we don’t like it ;). Hair is a big deal for us. For a cat it is “just there” and accepted.
Commentators on my article about how cats only meow at humans seem to generally agree with what I have said. I will take the sum total of the comments as meaning, “Yes, we agree that cats meow at us but not other cats”.
The most recent commentator described an interesting observation while working at the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Organisation (VOKRA) as a volunteer – well done by the way. You are one of us.
This is what Shaz says:
I sometimes volunteer for a cat rescue organisation called the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Organisation (VOKRA) and one of the ways we can tell if a cat is not feral is if it meows at us – feral cats don’t meow.
So feral cats don’t meow at us while domestic cats do. It is a test as to whether the cat is feral or not. It is that regular and certain.
The domestic cat must see us not as a cat but some other creature because they meow at us. They appear to have got used to us as another species, who provides all they need and with whom they can have a relationship. There are lots of examples of cats making friends with other species of animal.
Whereas the feral cat does not meow at us. I take this to mean true feral cats. This might indicate that the feral cat sees us as another cat or as a hostile creature in a hostile environment – the cat shelter – which renders them mute.
If the feral cat sees us as a cat it would be because they are only used to associating with other cats whereas the domestic cat has become habituated to dealing with a large creature, but not a cat, who provides all they need to survive.