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Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

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“Cats are sneaky,” “Cats are conniving,” “You possibly can’t belief cats.” I as soon as recorded a video the place we actually stopped random folks on the road and requested them their views on cats, and people have been the commonest solutions amongst those that disliked cats. (After all, however, hundreds of thousands dote on their purring buddies.) Part of the issue is that some folks don’t fairly “get” cats. They usually’re misunderstood, as exemplified by the myriad of mistaken notions some folks have. Mistaken or not, folks consider them.

Let’s deal with a number of the commonest cat misconceptions.

1 Cats are soiled

Arguably cleaner than we’re, cats typically give themselves baths a number of instances each day.

cat grooming

Who’re you calling soiled? Cats groom themselves a number of instances a day!

2 Ugh, hairballs: Puking pets are by no means enjoyable

What will get me aren’t the hairballs themselves however that telltale gagging sound, “Uuuuggggh, uuuugggh,” previous the hairball arising. After all, cats aren’t alone. It’s not like canines by no means heave. Actually, each species are blessed with the flexibility to splot our carpeting with equal gusto, and, arguably, hairballs are simpler to scrub up.

three Litter containers stink

True sufficient, however our bathrooms would stink as nicely if we didn’t flush. This concern isn’t concerning the cats however as an alternative the cat caretaker for not scooping at the very least as soon as each day. Since canines do their enterprise outside, some persons are grossed out by the concept of an animal going indoors. However except you rely on an outhouse, you do the identical. And the reality is that for all dwelling issues, what goes in a single finish goes out the opposite — from pet birds to hamsters.

four Cats are sneaky

As predators, cats are hardwired to cover behind objects, like a desk, after which pounce. In home cats, this can be a type of play. Many individuals and animals, like canines and pet ferrets, do the identical. When these species do it, it’s entertaining, however one way or the other when cats do it, they’re being sneaky.

5 Cats are conniving

Actually? The second cat caretakers depart for the workplace, cats bounce onto a Fb group referred to as “The Connivers” and conspire to tear the curtains or poop on a caretaker’s mattress.

Not likely. If a cat is ripping curtains, it outcomes from boredom, not the good cat conspiracy to get again on the individual for not providing tuna. It’s as much as the cat’s caretaker to supply participating toys, cat furnishings, perches, and so forth. Cats don’t conspire to get again at us utilizing feces as a instrument. It’s unusual that so many individuals really consider this. Let’s state this once more: Cat poop and pee will not be an intentional weapon deployed to tick off people.

6 You possibly can’t belief cats

Loyalty in canines is famous. However regardless of their independence, home cats are a social species. And there are many tales of cats saving lives, even when it means putting their very own lives in jeopardy. A person cat’s bond along with her people may be each bit as substantial as any canine.

7 They’re skittish and shy

I hate it when folks say, “Oh, your cats are completely satisfied and outgoing; they’re performing like canines.” That’s whole — what you scoop.

The reality is that heaps and many cats greet their folks on the door and specific pleasure to see them, and even rub towards the pant legs and purr at whole strangers. The reality is that hundreds of thousands of canines aren’t Lassie or Benji. Their caretakers put them into one other room as a result of they’re so frightened of strangers they act aggressively. Whereas cats that greet persons are very undoubtedly outgoing and assured cats, they’re not performing like canines.

It’s adaptive and acceptable for cats to typically be extra uncomfortable and fewer safe with new folks or new conditions. Nevertheless, with optimistic early socialization, a genetic predisposition for boldness and optimistic reinforcement, many and certain most, cats are literally fairly pleasant.

In cat language it’s impolite to aim to develop into prompt buddies. Canines and persons are completely different. You meet somebody, shake fingers, and uncover you as soon as labored for a similar boss or you’re each baseball followers. Two canines sniff each other’s rearends on the canine park, a tennis ball seems, and for 10 minutes they play collectively having the time of
their lives.

cat rubbing against persons leg

Many cats specific pleasure at seeing their house owners, and even press towards the legs of strangers.

eight Cats get a perverse pleasure in approaching individuals who don’t like cats

Cats are discerning of who they are going to develop into prompt pals with. And perhaps there’s one thing to be stated for this method. In reality, some folks and many canines are additionally extra cautious about making buddies. In reality, typically canines and other people can by no means be buddies with people of their very own form; this isn’t solely “a cat factor.”

In any case, that’s why while you host a celebration at your private home, Aunt Matilda is the one one who the cats method. They encompass her, rubbing towards each a part of her they will get to and purring in her ears. The one drawback is that Aunt Matilda needs nothing to do with the cats; she’s terrified. All the opposite visitors love cats and push themselves onto the reluctant felines. When the cats notice Matilda could be very politely ignoring them, they’re really giddy about assembly her. This doesn’t occur as a result of the cats need to terrify Matilda.
Perhaps cats being misunderstood is all only a matter of time. We’ve lived with canines for round 40,000 years, even co-evolving with them. Cats have solely been domesticated for round 5 to eight thousand years. And, how sensible are cats?! Clearly, they perceive us higher than we perceive them. Hopefully, we’re catching on.


  • Adam Johanson

    Adam Johanson is an animal lover and a blogger at Panelpets. He writes regularly regarding pets and how to take care of them, as well as general news stories about animals. When he isn't writing, Adam can usually be found playing with his two dogs or cuddling his cat.