HomeHuman to cat relationshipailurophileDo cat owners deceive themselves, to some degree, into believing that their cat actually feels true affection for them, and if so, does this belief also reflect itself in the cat owner’s human relationships?

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Do cat owners deceive themselves, to some degree, into believing that their cat actually feels true affection for them, and if so, does this belief also reflect itself in the cat owner’s human relationships? — 8 Comments

  1. I wish you all could have witnessed Mook and my husband reuniting after several months of him being out of town. She was literally shaking with joy and couldn’t stand up because she was treading with all four feet in the air. They are very bonded and the love in her eyes was obvious. Is it our definition of love I don’t know but she reeked of pure joy.

  2. I know my cats ‘Male and Female’ love me,even my foster because he will jump on my lap and put his little mouth to mine and starts purring,my cats wait in the window whilst I’m outside or if I come in from going to the store and as soon as I walk through my door they gather around my legs except for ‘Toi and Irleynn’ they are my torti’s and have always been stand offish but my others meow up a storm when I come home,they also like to pile on me as soon as I settle in on my chair every night,yep,they love me.

  3. “Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”

    From The Little Prince.

  4. One more thing Michael I too would call it quits if my SO told me to get rid of the cats because he knows how dear they are to me and that would be an act of cruelty on his part. For the record he’s smitten with all of them too.
    The act of telling someone to get rid of their pet goes much deeper than just the animal itself it is a control issue and used by many abusive spouses. Beware of it.

  5. I have great love for my cats and it’s unconditional. The affection I get in return is theirs to give I love my aloof Toad all the more because she is so strikingly independent whereas her sister Frog hides under my pillow during a storm.
    I often hear people say their pet offers unconditional love it’s actually the other way around. I am free to love my cats unconditionally. I have said before I co-exist with my cats I do not need to dominate them. I also love them as individuals for their own unique qualities.
    I hope they are at least fond of me.

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