For most of us, cats are beloved family members and animal companions. We value their beauty, their mind, their love, and we communicate with them with pleasure. I get upset when cats are completely equated by intellect with people because they. In fact, think in a completely different way and it is important to understand this. But it also hurts me when cats are denied the various feelings, emotions, and skills that they actually possess and consider them stupid and uneducable. Read the full article to know 8 similarities between humans and cats.
8 similarities between humans and cats
We know how to love and we like to communicate
It has long been proven that cats are not loners, but quite social animals. Yes, they do not hunt in packs, but in places of the abundance of resources they very often live in large groups. Indeed, cats have their own characteristics. They are territorial animals, and often getting to know a stranger requires them to struggle hard with their territorial instinct. But the fact that cats do not converge as easily as two unfamiliar dogs do not mean that they are not social. You, too, do not like all the people, and with whom to live next to you. You will choose a very meticulously. Why does everyone think that a cat should meet any companion we have proposed with open arms?
We learn faster if an adequate and loving teacher is nearby
When it comes to parenting, the adequacy of requirements and the establishment of clear rules play a big role.
When you were a child, wasn’t it good to have adequate rules of conduct and to feel that you are being raised with love? For humans and cats, consistency is very important. It’s easier to learn and follow the rules when you know what to expect from you, and when the rules do not change every day.
We need a choice
No one likes to feel cornered without any choice. We prefer to be able to choose, do one thing or another, and cats feel the same way. Training is more likely to succeed if you offer the cat a choice. If you do not want the cat to do a specific thing, try to understand the motive of its behavior in order to offer an alternative. This method also helps in dealing with people.
Both we and cats like to play.
For people, this can be any game – from the board or video games to sports. Do not underestimate the importance of having pleasure, because it helps release dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with well-being. Games help people learn, relieve stress, strengthen relationships, and maintain overall physical well-being.
We need diversity and enrichment of the environment.
Without enrichment, humans and cats can become more susceptible to stress, depression, and may feel lonely. Enriching the environment for people includes listening to music, reading books, watching movies, television, walking with friends or family, sports, etc. Cats also need enrichment.
Enriching the environment for the cat includes creating a safe home, opportunities for communication with the owners, places for climbing, sleeping, for the point of claws, stretching, and playing (for example, cat complexes, claws, beds, shelves, etc.). Good nutrition, veterinary care, access to resources that are sufficient in quantity and which are conveniently located, and training based on love and understanding of what a cat needs.
We protect our resources
We lock our homes and our cars. We write our names on objects so that others know that they belong to us. We closely monitor our personal items, such as bags, wallets, phones, money, and credit cards. We are wary of strangers who come to our house. We use security systems, surveillance cameras, safes. We protect our children.
We want respected privacy.
When you enter the elevator and another person is already moving in it, your natural reaction when you enter is to cling to the opposite wall. Nobody likes it when someone stands too close and violates their personal space. Even at home, members of the same family may have preferences on how close they are to each other, and where to sit down while watching TV together.
Some people feel comfortable being very close, while others need more space. Cats are the same. They need personal space, and it is important to monitor their body language to understand when you cross their personal boundaries. Regular violation of your cat’s personal space can make her irritable, shy, and even aggressive. Respect the cat, and she, in turn, will respect you.
We do not like unexpected changes
Change is frightening for most people, whether moving to a new city or changing jobs. The advantage of people is that we often get some kind of warning about changes in order to be able to prepare for them. We also understand that fear of change is usually temporary.