It’s been 9,500 years that cats have taken hold of us with their adorable little claws and that since then humans have lived a true love story with their felines.
Today, more than 80 million cats live in American homes, with an estimate of almost three cats for every dog on the planet. However, there is still much that we do not know about our feline friends.
character, character, did you say character?
More urban than rural, the cat has, unlike its canine counterpart, a double status: it is both prey and predator. This greatly enriches the spectrum of his character, making him stronger but also more vulnerable, and therefore often more complex!
He therefore presents an impressive range of behaviors, depending on his profile, the environment in which he lives and those around him, both animal and human. Trying to enclose it is therefore doomed to failure.
An animal that must be heard
More than 25 different vocalizations have been recorded in cats. Meow, roar etc. are as many threads that the cat uses to express itself.
If it is often said that he only meows during his youth, his ability to establish appropriate contact with his interlocutor sometimes makes him a real talker, especially in front of the human who is most everything.
His vocalizations mostly illustrate an emotion (soothing cooings of a mother, fears of fear or anger, mews of conversation …)
Purring is often associated with well-being. Above all, however, there was an emotion – good or bad – that the cat regulates.
Posture and gestures
In its moments of calm, we often observe the cat kneading the space on which it is. Reminiscent of his youth, while he kneaded his mother’s udder to suckle, this movement undoubtedly reflects a well-being of the animal which can push it to the bite, not violent, but of pleasure.
For him, play is a learning process towards maturity and contributes to its constant evolution. He thus develops attachment to those around him and, thereby, affirms the profile that will characterize him.
Asocial but good friend
If the dog is an animal for which the social relation is essential, it is not the same for the cat.
This relationship is, in fact, not necessary for him even if he can be very sociable and if he is often a very attentive companion.
The pleasure of contact and the interest in sharing with those around him make him the champion of friendship. And for him it does not matter the species: note that it is sometimes easier for him to develop a relationship with other species than with his own.
To be in touch without being in contact
Developing” or initiating contact doesn’t necessarily mean “being” in touch , for the cat.
Indeed, he is able to solicit the attention of his master by coming into contact with him, but you should know that he does not always want to receive caresses or even be touched. This is where the misunderstanding is often greatest between humans and cats.
Learning and the ability to be in contact develop before the kitten is born.
It is about 20 to 25 days before parturition that it develops in the feline. It is then advisable for the masters to lavish caresses on the female mother who will develop this disposition in their future companions.
Between him and you: Observe to better understand and learn to live together
Urinary marking, hyperesthesia or aggression are behaviors to watch for in animals. Indeed, we often overlook the pathologies that these behaviors conceal, which unfortunately lead to real suffering in animals.
Caring for them allows animals and humans to live in harmony / sympathy, given their many differences.
the look that speaks a thousand words
The pupil of the cat’s eye is a great indicator: Its diameter testifies to his emotional state.
If it is very tight, the animal is calm, serene, sometimes concentrated, for example in a state of predation.
If it is dilated, then it shows a strong emotional state.
Tail movements are also a remarkable sign of this emotional state