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Your Cat: The need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns — 8 Comments

  1. A very good article to share as a reminder to people who have cats that their behaviour is natural and that they shouldn’t expect their cat to behave other than cats do.

    • I totally agree. I think sometimes part of the problem is with what some people think is ‘cat behaviour’. Maybe some people expect all cats to cuddle on the couch with them for example – but we know it’s a 50/50 chance depending on the cat. People’s expectations are the problem, whether it’s expecting the cat to behave or respond as would a human or if it’s expectation based on a made up idea of what cat behaviour is or ‘should be’. Cats of course are so different you just can’t use words like that.

      • Agreed – expectations or even demands from the person looking after the cat can be a problem. I always let my cat lead the way. He takes charge unless I think something will benefit him, which means he is free to do what feels comfortable.

        It’s about a sensitive, respectful approach I feel.

  2. Thank you Michael, well worth reading again and again, there are a lot of casual cat owners who should be forced to read this, in fact I’d go so far as to say that it should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting a cat, but of course it wouldn’t be possible to enforce it because, as we all know, cats are so easy to acquire.

    • Thanks Barbara. I thought it needed restating because, as you say, a lot of cat owners don’t do these basics and I really like the fact is comes from the government (Defra) via the law in the UK. Pretty neat that.

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