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Risk Factors for a Broken Human-Cat Bond — 5 Comments

  1. A really interesting article which dissects human behaviour towards cats. It seems to boil down to a complete lack of sensitivity towards the cat which leads me to believe that some of the characteristics displayed are of selfish thoughtless people who should never ever have got a cat in the first place.

  2. If my 5 year old tomcat “Matata” was born in Europe , America or a multi-family home in Mumbai then he would have been euthanized or abandoned by now. He has all the bad personality habits of a cat which include “Yowling” early in the morning or odd hours of the night , scratching of furniture and total failure as a “Stud Cat”.He is absolutely vicious and petrified of strangers, always hiding whenever any stranger enters my house. He has never been taken to the Vet since kitten-hood 5 years ago because of his behaviour , worse than a wild cat.He was born in my house and i personally severed his umbilical cord in the litter of 6 kittens.He was the first born and the freak coloured kitten in a litter of 6. While the other 5 kittens were white he was brown .His childishness and sentimentality is the bond that holds him to my house.Strangely, his dam 7 year old “Matahari” is the exact opposite of his personality, the perfect traditional Persian cat in behavior as well as manners!I have taken her to the vet on a few occasions, the perfect docile cat.How can two cats from the same house and bred from the same dam be so different in personality and behaviour ?I have attached one of my best photo’s of both the cats sitting on a table, a candid photo.”Matata” is the brown coloured cat looking away from the camera.

    • Monty has certain behaviors that others might see as a problem also. He doesn’t accept strangers very well. I have seen cats featured on Jackson Galaxy’s television show with the same “problem” and the owners are all bent out of shape about it. I always think, “Who cares if your cat likes your guests?” Most of my friends are smart enough not to try to pet Monty, but to respect his body language that says, “Back off.” I have one friend I have to remind that he was feral as she keeps extending her hand to Monty to sniff it, like he’s a dog or something, and she won’t stop coming in trying to pet him even as he hisses and growls at her. He’s never actually attacked her, but push him too far and he might. So who has the problem if that would happen? Is it Monty being a “bad cat” or the human who doesn’t comprehend what “feral” means?
      I wish I could have caught Monty’s siblings the day I caught Monty. Having all three of them would have been wonderful. I wonder what comparisons I would have been able to make between their personalities? I’ll never know since it didn’t happen that way. I’m just glad to have him. My goal is to give him the best life possible. If he doesn’t like every human he meets that is fine with me. I don’t like every human I meet either. I’m just sophisticated enough not to hiss at them. Monty would say I am being dishonest. He is completely honest about his feelings and there is nothing bad about his expressing them.

      • Ruth , you have given a excellent comparison of cats and humans relationship through your cat Monty.We humans also don’t get along with every human we meet in our life and the same applies to cats.

    • Thats very odd Rudolph you say ‘the Brown Coloured cat’ but they both look White to me!! beautiful cats btw 🙂

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