Does Your Cat Like You?

It’s easy to tell whether your dog loves you – they are pretty demonstrative. But cats are not – they can be loners and they can be standoffish – they can even be grouchy cat…

 
So how can you tell if your cat likes you – what does their behavior tell you?
 

I recently read an interesting article titled What Do Cats Think About Us? that appeared in National Geographic last year. It reports on research into cat behavior and their reaction to humans as compared to dogs. Studies have shown that dogs recognize humans are different than other dogs and adapt their behavior and interactions – meaning they behave differently around humans than they do with other dogs. But cats do not.

 

Cat in grass

In an interview with John Bradshaw, the author of Cat Sense, he reports his years of study lead him to conclude that cats do not perceive us as a different species and treat us the same as the treat other cats. The common cat behaviors of rubbing against us, raising their tail and kneading are all behaviors that cats exhibit with other cats – behaviors they learned as kittens when interacting with their mother. So all of those types of behaviors are indicators of your cats feelings.
 

Bradshaw also discusses stress and the negative repercussions to your cats health from stress related activity. Examining your cats behavior can help you identify and eliminate stressors in their life.
 

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  1. It is very interesting that studies have concluded that. I have always teased that my cats do not think they are human – they think I am a cat. I guess I was right! I don’t mind being the alpha cat 🙂
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  2. most of the time Cody likes me lol. When he wants food and it isn’t time…not so much
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  3. The study’s conclusions make perfect sense. Cats do treat us like other cats. Fortunately my cat love to cuddle – but he also has a temper when he doesn’t get what he wants.
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  4. Sam definitely treats us like another cat! She loves to head butt us and rub her face on us, and loves to lick as well. I sometimes think she’s trying to clean me, and I guess that’s exactly what she would do to another cat!
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  5. We think the kitties like Mom, she pets them and is keeper of the food, but they are not at all like my sisters and I when it comes to being nice to her.
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  6. We rub the mom all the time. We don’t just like her…we love her!
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