Cats are considered to be one of the most mysterious and amazing animals. Their beauty and grace are fascinating and admirable. But not many owners remember that each cat has a unique character. And it is not enough just to feed it, clean up the tray after it and periodically play with it with a string. It is very important to love your pet, understand it and accept it for what it is.
And in order for your life with a furry pet not to turn into a front line, it is important to remember a few simple moments of cat psychology.
What does a cat’s character depend on?
The nature and main line of behavior of cats depend on many factors, such as:
Representatives of different breeds show their characteristic character traits. For example, Siamese cats are very sociable and can not stand being alone, while Persians tend to be solitary and do not like strangers.
Acquired life experience
Cats, just like humans, acquire a certain amount of experience and experiences that can influence their behavior over the course of their lives. Animals that have once experienced literally on their own skin all the delights of communicating with children will continue to persistently avoid them. If there are a lot of animals living in a house, or a cat has lived in a similar house for some time, then it will have a lifelong habit of fighting for the most delicious morsel. Even if no one takes it away from her.
If you yourself do not pay at least the slightest attention to the upbringing of your pet, then you have no right to complain about its strange behavior. Cats still obey their natural instincts unconditionally, despite all the millennia of domestication. In addition, if you very often contradict your own actions, you should not be surprised and complain about your pet. That is, if you want your pet not to jump on your chest when you tie a tie, take the trouble to make sure that his string for games does not resemble this very tie.
This is the point that needs to be discussed in more detail. After all, it is animal instincts that mostly determine the line of cat behavior. And it can’t be completely fixed. It is only possible to slightly correct some behavioral aspects, and then not always.
First of all, it should be remembered that cats, although small, are still predators. Instinctively defending their own territory, they can be quite aggressive. And if in the wild their legal territory is quite extensive, then at home you have to be content with a “personal” chair.
Which, by the way, always tries to sit down one of the strangers who came to visit the owner.
Another instinct that will never be eradicated is the hunting instinct. Small predators that live in a confined space of an apartment have neither natural enemies nor the ability to hunt. Therefore, cats instinctively divide everything around them into prey and enemies.
All moving objects can be counted as potential prey, and all frightening objects (such as a vacuum cleaner, washing machine, and other household appliances) can be counted as enemies.
But, despite their inextinguishable instincts, cats have a special attitude to humans. And they allow it much more than they would allow any other animal. There is an opinion that cats have a “mother-child” behavior model with humans, in which cats choose the role of a kitten.
And a person is allowed to take care of himself. But it is also the opposite, the animal tends to take on the role of a dominant being and try to subdue a person, or they see it as a natural enemy. Rarely, of course, but such a behavioral model also takes place.
Basically, if the cat is taken into the house at a fairly adult age, while having a fairly independent and wayward character.
Cats are social
No matter how common the claim that cats walk on their own, they still feel the need to communicate. Sometimes even more and more often than their owners think.
Cats that grow exclusively at home need human attention more than cats that have the opportunity to regularly walk on the street. Not experiencing the need to fight for existence, domestic cats are forced to direct their energy in a different direction.
Cats Express their sympathy and need for communication in quite a variety of ways. This can be rubbing against the owner’s legs, tail raised by a pipe, calling loud purring, pushing the head into the stroking hand,” massaging ” with paws, obsessive attempts to jump on your hands, etc.
But at the same time, cats can be quite cunning and vindictive towards humans. A pitying look helps them beg for an extra piece of food or forgiveness for a mistake. But as for revenge, they can be quite calculating in this.
For the offense inflicted on the cat, you are doomed to pay for a very long time. Moreover, the punishment for revenge can lead to another retaliatory revenge and risks developing into an open conflict or guerrilla war. Cats like to play hunters, especially hunters for master’s feet from under the sofa.
At the same time, quite often domestic cats have a fear of separation, contrary to popular belief that this problem is relevant only for more emotional dogs. Of course, cats are more independent and subject to the fear of parting with a person to a much lesser extent.
A similar problem can occur if the kitten was taken away from its mother too early, or it was an orphan. In this case, the animal is too strongly attached to the person and does not want to let him go from himself almost a step.
However, you should be careful. If your cat does not urinate in the tray, but anywhere, meows loudly and shows all sorts of anxiety, it is likely that the problem is not of a behavioral nature. Perhaps the cat just has health problems, such as inflammation of the urinary tract.
All cats are characterized by the same reaction to the occurrence of danger – they either try to become invisible, or take a pose for attack. The first option is typical for cats who are not quite sure of their abilities and capabilities.
Especially if the one who poses a potential threat is many times larger than the cat itself. Then the animal tries to take up as little space as possible in space, clings to the ground, tucks its ears and tail and tries to quickly hide from danger.
In the second case, when the cat “takes the fight”, it becomes a fighting stance and tries in every possible way to become more than it really is. The back is arched, the hair stands on end, which visually increases the size of the animal and theoretically should intimidate a potential opponent.
All this is accompanied by a menacing hiss and belligerent flapping of paws. If the danger is not eliminated, the cats also try to retreat. In a belligerent position, the front legs move faster than the hind legs, and the cat is sideways to the opponent.
If you think that your pet has behavioral problems, do not rush to draw any conclusions. First analyze it and your behavior, taking into account all the factors. And remember that any cat is individual, and the approach to it needs to be appropriate!
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.