If a cat likes you, how do you know for sure? Have you always wanted a secret guide to deciphering your cat’s language and behavior? Here are a few pointers from your feline friend. This is how you get a cat to like you.
Please don’t interrupt my nap on your keyboard.
Your computer work is well publicized, but you don’t hesitate to rouse and frighten our computers when we’re sleeping on them. There is one thing that we can count on from the moment you sit down in front of your computer: cat videos. Weird.
Cats require between 12 and 16 hours of sleep per day. If we don’t have that, we’re just mops! Your computer’s temperature is ideal for our delicate bodies, which require a ten-degree difference in temperature from yours in order to feel at home.
Stop photographing me (I’m not from the Kardashian clan)
To get our attention, you humans use devious methods like waving a toy in front of our eyes and dropping it when we turn our heads, for example, to get our attention.
It’s not pleasant. At the very least, if we cats agree to let you photograph us, you could play with us in exchange. As long as the flash is used when photographing us, we won’t be harmed by it.
But our shiny carpet, which is made of the same kind of ultra-reflective cells that are at the back of cats’ eyes and help them see at night, often makes photos look bad.
Get your dirty hands off my stomach, okay?
Does it bother you when we show you our stomachs? It can be taken as a sign of brotherhood in some situations. Occasionally, however, it can imply the complete opposite.
Cats, on the other hand, use the phrase, “Do you want to go toe-to-toe? Please, please, please! ” It is a defensive posture to show one’s belly, indicating one’s entire body is ready to fight.
It’s possible that we’re just trying to stretch when we show off our stomachs.
I’m a cat … let me scratch my nails.
Keeping our claws in shape is just as important as keeping your nails in check so they don’t end up in the Guinness Book of Records. We cats, on the other hand, have our own reasons for doing so.
The first benefit of scratching is that it removes dead nail cells from the surface of our nails. It’s a way for us to both mark our territory (secretory glands are located in our claws) and stretch ourselves. Sadly, some of you decide to declaw us when we slaughter your favourite sofa or carpet.
That would be like having your fingers cut off, so please refrain. We’d rather have a scraper (you may need to try more than one before you find a suitable model for us).
I am perfectly capable of cleaning myself, thank you!
Because cats were domesticated 5,000 or 10,000 years ago, some scientists believe that the modern cat does not enjoy swimming or getting wet. Cat hair “doesn’t dry very quickly, and it’s very uncomfortable for them to stay wet,” says Cornell University’s Kelley Bollen, an animal behaviour expert.
Floating is also a no-no for cats, who prefer to keep their paws firmly on the ground. “What about a shower, then? Claws, a stiff, scratchy tongue, and plenty of saliva are all included in our built-in toiletry bag.
Even though we despise being in the water, you still need to make sure we have something to drink, especially if you’re feeding us dry food (canned food is 78 percent water). You must change your water bowl every day, no matter what your diet is.
Don’t panic when I “offer” you a dead animal or insect.
Animal behaviorists have some theories as to why this is happening. It’s possible we’re channeling what Mom Cat taught us.
Or, you could just keep putting food in our bowl on a daily basis, and we’d be happy to do the same in return. You might not have spitted on the leftovers because we caught more crickets than we could consume.
For the final touch, we may offer you our catch so that you can save it for another time. To put it another way, the bug offering is ingrained in our DNA, so if you don’t like it, you might want to attach a bell to our necks to prevent us from catching anything.
I meow to tell you something, but it is clear that you are not talking to the cat when you answer me by meowing!
Cat meow sounds : Scientists have discovered that cats are capable of producing more than a dozen distinct meows.
To communicate with their mothers, kittens meow, while adult cats only meow to communicate with humans. We prefer hissing, growling, and screeching to communicate with each other.
Owners of receptive cats know how to tell the difference between an “I’m hungry” or “What am I doing?” meow. “I’m in pain,” “I’m hurting,” or “I’m afraid.”
While we recognise your voice when you meow at us, we have no idea what you’re saying because it’s like you’re speaking in the language of some sports commentators.
We cats have no problem with nudity.
Hats, tees, dresses, and other garments are among the many things that humans wish to inflict on us.
Eh, what do we have to do with you, really? Dogs? When we rub our claws on one of your sweaters, it’s just because we enjoy the feel of the fabric against our skin; it doesn’t mean we want to wear it.
Our coat has over 21,000 hairs per square centimetre, so we don’t need anything else to feel protected. Do you know that a cat’s surface area, including its hair, is roughly the same as a table for the sport of ping-pong?
Stop accusing my hair of being the cause of your allergies.
What causes so many people to be allergic to us? As a rule of thumb, cat allergies are more common than dog allergies. Does anyone you know have a cat allergy? People are quick to point the finger at our hair.
Sneezing and coughing, on the other hand, are caused by a protein on the surface of our skin called “Fel d-1.” There is no such thing as a “hypoallergenic” cat, and I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who spent the money to purchase one. Fel-d1 is secreted by all cats, but some breeds produce less of it than others.
We would like you to find another animal to demonize
In some parts of the United States, crossing a cat on the first of the year will bring you 365 days of misery; cats are favoured by witches and villains alike.
It took a long time for cats to recover from the negative (and entirely unfounded) publicity. Stop spreading these falsehoods, please. Let’s just keep doing what we’ve always done as humans: making slanderous remarks about our fellow humans!
Could you stop ridiculing the people who love our cats?
In contrast to dog lovers, who are seen as outgoing, friendly, and active, cat lovers are referred to as names. It’s hurtful for us to have to deal with it.
It’s not an accident when we stop, fall, and roll over.
To get a better sense of what we’re up to, pay attention to the timing and location of our antics. When you’re on the phone, does this happen? on a computer, that is to say. Put on your shoes before leaving the house and remember that you have a large audience (the people you live with), while we cats only have a small one (the people we live with).
When we meow all the time, maybe it’s a cry for help.
Cats like the Shorthaired Oriental and Siamese are more chatty than other varieties, for example. Nevertheless, if your normally quiet cat suddenly becomes overly chatty, you should take him to the vet right away.
He meows for a variety of reasons, one of which is probably the least disturbing: the need for attention. Humans tend to stereotype cats as solitary, reclusive creatures. False! However, if you are gone for the entire day, we would greatly appreciate some company.
When we defecate out of our bin, it’s not just to upset you.
Because of a urinary tract infection, we may be unable to access the kitty-corner of the bathroom. A veterinarian can not only figure out what’s wrong but also see if there are any other problems.
We need a litter box that’s as spotless as Kate Middleton’s. As a courtesy, please provide us with an open container and, if possible, change it every day if you can. Even the closed ones aren’t enough for us.
A cat who understands sign language cannot be asked, “Does my cat love me?”