It’s hardly a secret that I am an avid cat lover. Therefore, it’s extremely difficult for me to understand all the egregious, false statements that are frequently targeted at the feline species. Sadly, for centuries it appears that cats have continued to be inaccurately described as aloof, devious, sneaky and revengeful. Those of us who are feline-fluent realize that those people who keep spreading these vicious rumors (almost to the point of ad nauseum), haven’t got a clue about the true nature of this very remarkable species.
Cats are highly intelligent, intuitive and emotional sentient beings who surely deserve the adoration that we, as cat lovers bestow upon them. Felines need to be trusted and deeply respected because cats simply are not devious. Cats are always upfront about what they are feeling and thinking. So to understand their behavior and what they are trying to communicate; it’s incumbent upon us to learn their language.
I have been magnetically attracted to kitties ever since I was a little girl. My father was a passionate cat lover. We both yearned to have a cat; however my mother, a passionate ailurophobe, would have nothing to do with a feline living in the house.
It wasn’t until I was married that I was finally able to enjoy the extreme pleasure of sharing my life with cats. Even though I knew very little about them back then, it was just sheer joy to have three wonderful kitties running around our apartment and sharing our bed at night.
Due to my naivety about kitties, I had no idea that thawing meat would attract them. So one morning before I left for work I put four frozen lamb chops to defrost on the kitchen counter. When I came home, I started preparing dinner. I was so thoroughly anticipating a delicious, albeit expensive mouth-watering meal.
However, much to my dismay and chagrin all that was left of a very specially planned dinner were four bones picked clean of every morsel amply scattered throughout the living room. However, there were three highly contented cats looking up at me, each wearing a Cheshire cat grin.
It was a good thing that my now ex-husband adored the cats and had a remarkable sense of humor. He started chuckling at the “remains” and bent down to gently ask the kitties if they had enjoyed their (our) dinner. They answered him with reverberating purrs and lovingly rubbing his legs. The only downside to this incident was the cupboard was bare, so my husband and I were “forced “to go to dinner at our favorite restaurant.
I have learned over the years that learning to think like a cat greatly helps folks to live more peacefully and in greater harmony with felines. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that there is a reason behind all feline behavior; most of the time which is goal-oriented.
This comical video of a kitten on a mission uploaded to YouTube by Rod Chevrand clearly demonstrates that cats are not devious. I think he should be the ambassador to help debunk this lingering myth. After all how much more “up front” could a kitty be?
Do you still think that it’s possible for a cat to be devious? Share your opinions in a comment.
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