Relationships between cats and owners have a similar dynamics than the relationships between babies and parents: The parents act as caregivers and the cats as dependant furry babies. Cats have needs, and they understand that humans are the way by which their needs will be satisfied. This does not mean that cats view humans as their slaves; it only means that cats feel the same vulnerability as an infant, and they share that timid egoism that babies have toward the world as they are psychologically incapable of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes or head. Also, their needs are not limited to being fed; they want to feel protected and loved. Sounds similar?
While cats are not hesitant to communicate those needs to their owners, they do adapt their speech according to their owner’s personalities. They take into account what works best with their owners, what is well understood, instead of just screaming their needs with no regard to the person at the other end. Cats do listen, and they try to interpret their owner’s actions to get feedback. For example, an owner who talks a lot to his or her cat will most probably end up with a very vocal cat, while an owner that is very attentive to his or her cat’s actions might have a cat which discretely stands in front on his bowl when hungry.
And this communication adaptability goes beyond communicating needs: Cats and their owners strongly influence each other’s actions and personalities. Have you noticed how outgoing owners tend to have more active and sociable cats than timid and introverted owners?
Cats and humans do share an incredible bond. Interestingly, this bond is even stronger between women and cats, regardless of the cat’s sex. Cats tend to go toward women, and this is true even if the owner is a man. Would you say this is true under your roof?
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