“Cats are independent and don’t need humans.”
“Your cats don’t miss you when you’re away.”
“Cats love the hand that feeds them.”
Finally a growing pool of research might prove cats love us as much as dogs. It’s not that cats don’t love, they just express it differently than canines and perhaps we’re not wise enough to understand.
The fact is most research is done on canine behavior, so not very much is known about their feline counterparts. Because of this, we apply our knowledge of dogs to cats.
Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Georgia, points out the paralleling. “There are likely many cat behaviors that owners are misinterpreting, because so much more research has been done on canine behavior.”
Karen Sueda, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, feels cats have a more nuanced body language than dogs have, making cats’ feelings less obvious to those not “in the know.”
A recent article published in Stylist.co.uk helps us better understand what a cat’s purr, leg rubs, “blank” face, slow blinking and meowing might really mean.
A reader poll at the end of the article shows agreement that cats are simply misunderstood. Of course, we have to assume many of those readers are cat parents. But it’s nice to see word getting out about how great cats are as pets, and perhaps it will compel the general non-cat-loving (or -liking) public to look at felines a bit differently.