For most of us, cats are beloved members of our family and cherished companions. We appreciate the beauty, joy, love and fun that cats share with us. For some people though, cats are viewed as untrainable, sneaky, cold and destructive animals. I feel bad for those people who are missing out on all that cats add to our lives.
We actually share some similarities with cats. For the people who haven’t been able to relate to cats yet, maybe learning about a few of the things we have in common with these intelligent and loving creatures will soften their hearts a bit. Here are just some of ways in which we’re similar:
1. We Enjoy Affection and Companionship
It surprises many people when they learn that cats are social animals. Although mistakenly labels as solitary, cats benefit from social interaction just as we do. Cats are solitary hunters because they go after small prey and this is probably where the misconception begins. They’re also territorial so social interaction initially requires finesse, but they are social creatures. Just because cats don’t exhibit instant social ease the way two unfamiliar dogs might doesn’t mean they don’t have a social structure.
Cats also display affection but each cat may exhibit it in different ways. People show affection in various ways as well; we aren’t all the same. Some people enjoy being physically close and like to be hugged and some don’t. Cats can be like that as well. Just as with people, some cats prefer a gentle, casual touch over a long, close embrace or hug. A cat may give an affectionate display in the form of sitting nearby or being on a lap without being held or confined. Some people show their love and affection through acts of kindness, thoughtfulness or words as opposed to close physical contact. When it comes to cats, it can be easy to miss subtle signs of companionship and affection. Your cat’s purr, a slow eye blink, relaxed posture or desire to sit close to you are displays of affection. The cat may lean his body against yours, touch your face with his paw or place a paw on your arm, rub his face on you or give you a gentle (or not so gentle) head bunt. Again, these are signs of affection that are easily overlooked. Just as with your human companions, pay attention to individual preferences and displays. Some are grand and hard to miss and others are subtle, yet no less meaningful.