Yahoo.com has published a very short report in which it is stated that domestic cats have become fed up with their human caretakers being at home too much and want to be left alone! Yes, unbelievable. And they also say that Jackson Galaxy, the well-known cat behaviorist, has commented and said that he thinks that humans are unduly stressed out and their cats are also unduly stressed out and the two have come together.
I think it is all a hoax and fake news. It is far more likely that domestic cats will be happy that their owners are at home more often provided they are good owners. I agree that if they are poor cat guardians, it is better that they are in the office.
I don’t believe that a lot of people are unduly stressed because coronavirus. There are certainly stressed people. There are anxious people particularly those who are vulnerable who suffer from a chronic illness. However, in my estimation more than half the population in any country is not overly concerned.
It may be that women, who are more likely to own cats when living alone, who have become anxious because they are more risk averse than men. This is not to belittle or denigrate women. There’s a good aspect to being cautious and anxious because they’re more likely to avoid contracting the disease. If they are anxious they may be making their cats anxious. Jackson Galaxy believes that cats soak up the emotions of their owners and reflect them back. There is some truth in that too.
Certainly, cats are not going to be anxious because of the coronavirus. They are completely unaware of it obviously. If they are stressed out it is because the mood in their home has become a little more stressed and intense. It may also be that the normal routines have been broken by the coronavirus lockdown. A change in routine is likely to concern a cat at least initially. However, I don’t think that feeling would last long. A domestic cat will get used to the constant presence of their owner quite quickly, perhaps in a few days.
All in all I would expect that the coronavirus pandemic lockdown has been beneficial to domestic cats. People can do more cat caretaking and to a higher standard if they can work from home.
The more likely explanation for the very short article on Yahoo.com website is that they had run out of news and simply created a bit of fake cat news to fill a hole. It didn’t work.