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Appreciate the Differences Between Cat and Human — 3 Comments

  1. Cat behaviour might be beautiful.. but for a cat that thinks its a human, ie one that has not met many other cats (being raised mostly indoors), and sleeps with his human mummy, its very scary! 2 of mine have been bitten by the neighbours cats since we moved to the country and they have spent more time outdoors (doing natural cat things like chasing prey and climbing trees), and has caused them to be very stressed. Not beautiful!

  2. What a great article– it hit on so many aspects of our relationship with cats. I had a cat who slept in the crook of my arm in bed with me, under the covers. I remember going to sleep with her there and waking up with her there. I don’t think I could sleep on the same side all night like that now, but I was young then. I think the cat was seeking body heat. It was COLD in my ever frugal parents’ house. (Funny how now that they are elderly they keep it like a sauna in there.) I tried to have Monty sleep next to me in that way, but he tolerated it for 30 seconds, which is about his tolerance for cuddle time.

    I hate having to leave Monty when I go to work. Luckily,I work part time, so he’s not alone much. I tell him that someone has to go earn money to buy him kitty food. In the morning when I am deciding what to wear I always say to Monty that he’s going to wear his little black fur coat again. It’s so easy for him. He doesn’t have to decide. He already is clothed and ready for the day the moment he awakes. It takes me much longer to get ready. If it’s time to take Monty outside he has little patience while waiting for me to get ready. If it were up to him I’d just be taking him out there naked or in my pajamas. He really doesn’t care, he just wants me to hurry up.

    Monty has had bad experiences with doors. Every so often he ends up on the wrong side of one. He moves so fast that it can be hard to keep track of him. I’ll be positively certain that he’s in the apartment, but I’ll come home later and my sister will say she had to let Monty into his house again because he was sitting in the hallway by our closed door as she came downstairs.

    I’m glad today that I know what not to feed Monty. When I was a kid we often gave our cats whatever we were having, plus some wet cat food and the cats caught mice, moles, rabbits, birds etc… I’d let the cat out, drive to Boo-U for classes, come back later and let the cat in. In the meantime she’d catch mice and generally entertain herself. It would have seemed cruel to leave her locked up in the house if I wasn’t going to be gone long. Living in the city I can’t do that for Monty. I do feel bad that he’s more cooped up than my childhood cats, but at least he’s safe.

  3. The point about size difference is so so important. You can really see it with kittens and the way they react to your movements not matter how small and gentle.

    The point about cat food and the agenda behind it is sadly so true. Alot of people just want cheap. They have no concept of whether their cat is happy or not or likes something more than another so they just give cheap food and see a cat being a cat, therefore a happy cat. I’ve heard those words said before. Its like they would need the cat to express great displeasure for them to understand they need to vary it and get something better. The cat is hungry, it eats the food. The person thinks the food is just ‘fine’ – whatever that is supposed to mean. I dont know what to say to those people. My friend just thinks I like to spoil her cats and kittens with ‘fancy’ food but she sees no difference in it’s value for the cats. I therefore conclude that this is one of the similarities between cat and people but which people do not see in cats. People care about what they eat – I’m sure cats enjoy different foods in different ways and have preferences. Some more than others, just like people. Many people just dont understand this and give their cat cheap dry food because its so easy you dont even have to wash dishes. That sucks and makes me angry. Sorry. Don’t have a cat if you want to do nothing for it. Literally nothing. Her cat goes outside – so no litterbox. She does next to nothing and she says she buys the cheapest dry food like its normal. And her vet said thats fine. When the kittens are growing up after they are weaned I constantly come over with various types of wet kitten food. The more natural and less preservatives etc, the better. I bring what I can and leave it for her too. I often come back and see it still sittin gin her cupboard. I’m begginning to think she’s a total loser and shouldn’t be producing kittens 2 times a year and have a big dog who gets the same diet by the way. Argh. But I love her cats and they love me. She is amazed how they come out of their shells and love me like she has never seen them do. I know exactly why they do that and she STILL doesnt get it. Cat’s are very capable of saying thank you and showing appreciation. Sorry for going on a tangent.

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