Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, says Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic.
What do cats think about their owners? Christine Dell’Amore writes a brilliant article on the history of man’s fascination with cats:
“Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. (Watch a video about the secret lives of cats.) Yet there’s still a lot we don’t know about our feline friends—including what they think of their owners.
John Bradshaw is a cat-behavior expert at the University of Bristol and the author of the new book Cat Sense. After observing pet cats for several years, he’s come to an intriguing conclusion: They don’t really understand us the way dogs do.
Lot of research involving dogs and how they interact with people has been carried out. According to the study it’sbecome clear that dogs perceive humans as being different than themselves. As soon as they see a person, dogs change their behavior. Also, the way a dog plays with a person is completely different from the way it plays with other dogs.
We’ve yet to discover anything about cat behavior that suggests they have a separate box they put us in when they’re socializing with us. They obviously know we’re bigger than them, but they don’t seem to have adapted their social behavior much. Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us are exactly what cats do to each other. (Also see “How Cats and People Grew to Love Each Other.”)“