Firstly, let me say that I like Taylor Swift. What I mean is that I like her character although it’s a guess because I don’t know her personally. As we know, Taylor likes cats and she looks after two cats, one of whom is Meredith. Taylor Swift being a modern lady likes to take selfies and her recent Instagram selfie included Meredith who looks distinctly unamused by the experience; almost frightened.
The Daily Mirror amusingly says that Taylor Swift‘s cat is allergic to joy. This come from Taylor herself who says that “Meredith is allergic to joy”. Meredith is named after a character in Grey’s Anatomy (a TV series?). The actress who plays this character responded to Taylor Swift’s remark that Meredith is allergic to joy by saying “That’s because she’s dark and twisty!”
Of course they are joking (I hope so!) but it is quite nice to briefly figure out why Meredith looks uncomfortable in Taylor’s selfie. The majority cats will probably react in a similar manner.
The answer is not that cats don’t like being photographed (although my cat doesn’t) but in general perhaps cats don’t like being photographed that much because it often entails putting a large object quite close to their face which they don’t like. Which leads me nicely to the next aspect of the answer as to why domestic cat don’t like being in their owner’s selfie. It’s because the presence of the owner’s head which is a large, threatening object is rather disconcerting to a cat when placed near to their face. In addition, people like to put their head very close to their cat’s head (and squeeze) and this also is disconcerting and unnatural to a domestic cat. Is probably to do with size combined with non-cat-like behavior because the human is much bigger than the cat. We do see domestic cats rubbing their cheeks together and being very close to one another but that is cat to cat. We are very large creatures in a cat’s eyes and we are a different species of animal.
Cats are more able to deal with close contact with people when they stroke their cat. Cats see a person’s hand as much less threatening than a person’s head when it is very close to them. But to a stranger even a person’s hand can intimidate a cat.
As I said, in my opinion, this is mainly to do with size. Putting our head close to them is placing a large object attached to a larger species of animal very near to their face and it can be intimidating.
Although, I am generalising. Many cats won’t mind it and some cats will mind it more than others. It depends upon the cat’s character of course but, in general, I feel that what I have stated is true.
What do you think?