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Do You Consider Your Cat to be Loyal? — 4 Comments

  1. I have been pondering this question of Monty’s loyalty for a few days now. Before when I was eating a snack he was climbing all over me and purring like crazy. The food is gone now and so is he. I’ve seen no sign of him in two hours. Yesterday, I was monitoring him outside. I was standing about five feet from him, and Monty was up in a tree, probably eight feet off the ground. He can get out of this tree by backing down like a cat should. Sometimes he jumps. I don’t like him jumping from that height so sometimes I bend over, he jumps onto my back, then onto the ground. He usually meows before jumping onto me. Yesterday, with no warning he leapt the distance from the tree to me, landing on my head, lacerating my scalp, scraping by my eye, knocking my glasses off, and hurting my neck in the process. Later, while he was climbing a tree to get on top of the shed he growled at me and continued to growl at me while he played on top of the shed. I guess he didn’t want to come in, but I wasn’t trying to bring him in. Jeff’s parents were here for the holiday last week and Monty growled at them a lot. I think Monty is loyal to Monty. I still love him. He is who he is. I’m just glad that miraculously he didn’t break skin on my face when he leaped onto me from that tree. It’s sore and red there, but it didn’t bleed. I think if I were smaller he would eat me. Well, he never eats his prey. He just batters it into unconsciousness or paralysis and then loses interest. That would be what he would do to me if he could. He seems to see my husband as the alpha cat and respects him. Monty sees himself as dominant over me. In the hierarchy it goes Jeff, small cat, me. I suppose this is my fault. I want Monty to be happy. I don’t think in the animal kingdom the dominant cat is caring much whether the other cats are happy. My husband says I am making Monty into a “wussy” and if I didn’t always jump to fulfill his every whim every time he meows he’d have more respect for me. So, no, Monty is not loyal to me, but he is loyal to himself and to my husband, who can tell Monty to drop a mouse and he will do it, and to go in his house, and he will do it, and to stop trying to steal food off my plate and he will do it. But I’m just the food giver, the poop scooper and apparently a climbing post as well.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Interesting question and I think that less cat parents would agree than dog parents.

    I’ll start out by saying that you hit a key point when you said that it depends upon how good of a cat parent a person is. A cat’s loyalty seems to be directly proportional to how well a cat parent treats her or him. The better a cat is treated, the higher the loyalty. Same is true for dogs and people.

    It can go back to something we were discussing here the other day – socialization. If a cat is well-socialized then it an form healthy attachments to both people and animals. If not then it may end up being detached. Good socialization can establish a good foundational soil for strong bonds.

    It’s not necessarily required. I’ve rescued cats who were abused and they all came around later. Cats value bonding like humans and dogs do. They just have to be able to trust. If they are consistently shown proper care, even abused animals can come around and form loving bonds.

    Loyalty feels good and cats crave that connection.

    The cats I have right now are all loyal to me and to each other. I’m loyal to them and they know it. Much of this is due to the fact that they have received good care. It’s a form of friendship and love.

    What are the signs? They greet me when I come home. They hang out with me. They come and get me when they want me to play with them. They comfort me when I’m down. They crave my presence and involvement.

    You’re right – the question of loyalty starts with us and how well we treat them.

    Good topic,

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

  3. I think they might test my loyalty. I notice Gigi is dissapointed if I don’t pick her up and say hi properly when I get home. Red was like that too. Once I do she is then busy and doesn’t need anything anymore. I guess loyalty comes into that sequence of events somewhere along the line.

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