The Amazing Domestic Cat Relationship

The Amazing Domestic Cat Relationship

by Michael

Beautiful relationship and a nice picture - Photo by Eva Kiss (see link base of page)

Beautiful relationship and a nice picture - Photo by Eva Kiss (see link base of page)

I recently published a short article on how, globally, we have screwed up the domestication of the wildcat. In a rather basic way it was a bit philosophical. I am sure many people disagree with me, which is fine.

This is the counter argument to add balance. We have got to have balance, you know!

I am writing this in bed (as I often do!). Charlie has just moved onto my lap which means I have moved my laptop off my lap. This makes typing a bit difficult especially as he is resting his head against my right arm! LOL. He is making little sounds that I know means that he is falling asleep despite my right arm moving all the time.

This little scene of domestic bliss between cat and human is played out all over the world 24/7. And it brings home to me something that we take for granted; how special and unusual our relationship is with an entirely different species of animal. Where else do we see this in the animal kingdom? There are instances of symbiotic relationships between animals but they are relatively rare and they are essentially functional. Occasionally you get beautiful relationships: cat and deer.

At the best level, when domestication of the cat is conducted properly by us, it is a highly successful relationship and if we stand back it is extraordinary in many ways.

We communicate with our cats like Doctor Doolittle. Well I do! Inter-species communication is unusual, isn't? You don't see elephants talking to giraffes! Maybe they do….LOL.

And where in the animal kingdom do you get the much smaller species in a two party relationship training the bigger party and doing it in such a way that the supposed more intelligent and bigger party does not know it is happening? Do you obey your cat's commands? I do. At least I know I have been trained. I occasionally go on strike.

There are numerous barriers to a successful relationship with another species that is a fraction of our size. We are inherently intimidating to the cat, yet it still works provided we do the right thing.

And that is the point. We are in charge. Success or failure depends on us. The quality of life of our cat companion is in our hands, entirely. I think we should remind ourselves of that responsibility to make sure that we measure up to the task.

We have to celebrate the success of the amazing domestic cat relationship but feel sad about the wider failures.

Michael

Note: I have not forgotten the dog and other domestic animals. They are all amazing relationships.

Link to photographer's Flickr page. Note: this image is said to be copyright protected by I have made the presumption that the photographer has simply failed to set settings. Wrong? Please tell me.

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Dec 09, 2011
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A house not a home
by: Ruth

I just can't imagine not having cats.
As the saying goes 'A home without a cat is just a house'

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Dec 08, 2011
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Hi Rudolph
by: Michael

I agree. Without my cats life would be empty for me. When my Binnie died the place felt empty. They are great companions. I hope my Charlie gets as much out of it as I do!


Dec 08, 2011
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Domestic cat relationship.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

As a bachelor, honestly i am not overstating the fact that without my two pet cats and a parakeet, life would have been boring.Although my cats matahari and matata have damaged my furniture due to scratching, the unquestioned peace and calmness that i get in interacting with them has definitely kept me in a good frame of mind and health.


Dec 07, 2011
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Comfort
by: Barbara

Walter on the other hand is the most UNpeaceful bedmate I've ever had, he doesn't like me reading in bed so he headbuts my book away, he has a head like a sheepdog. Then he does a special chirrup to wake me up, usually around 3am and he crawls in under the covers and into my arms BUT he will insist on bringing his fistful of stanley knives into bed and doing a bit of kneading before he settles down to slumber, once he does he's lovely, he puts his little head on the pillow next to me and gradually relaxes, last night he must have been having a dream as he was twitching a lot, maybe after a mouse! I wouldn't change a hair on his head, claws and all. Both our cats are so different and both have their own ways to interact with us, they have us trained for meals and squirty cream, games and brushing, they sit in certain places and have taught us what each place demands. I love them so much the little so and so's.
I like the idea of writing in bed on a laptop!

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Dec 07, 2011
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Yes it is amazing
by: Ruth

Michael I now have an image in my head of you typing away at your articles, in your bed, with Charlie on your lap lol
I think the longer you have cats in your life the more well trained you become, I know I have !
I am the willing slave of our 2 cats and they know full well I will stop anything I'm doing if they want me.
You'd laugh on a night, Jozef always sleeps on my bed and takes a 'taxi' up the stairs when it's time to go. I only have to say 'taxi' and he comes and stands ready to be picked up lol
He also has me trained how to lie in bed so that if he fancies a cuddle in the night he just has to tap my shoulder and I lift the duvet for him to come in. He's the most peaceful bed mate I've ever had.
There's no other feeling like winning the love and trust of your cat.

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