I’ve heard quite a few people say they aren’t keen on cats or they much prefer dogs because they are more loyal and friendly. Cats haven’t got a great name for themselves in terms of affection giving.
Results of a survey conducted by animalhumanesociety.org included what people found were the different advantages between cats and dogs, and it was quite sad really.
Cats came up on top for easiest to care for ,requiring less attention where as dogs were considered more friendly and loyal as well as more apart of the family.
Science doesn’t even look favourably on cats when it comes to smashing any misconceptions about them, as a study ‘ proved’ cats can’t love you the way dogs do and essentially don’t really need you. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/your-cats-dont-care-about-you-as-much-as-youd-like-to-think-10488147.html
I don’t care what the general public opinion is or what science has to say my cat is as loving and loyal as any dog out there!
My cat Sharma is by no means perfect, a telling off will normally result in a long sulk (sometimes a revenge slap across my legs when I’m least expecting it) and not paying her enough attention can end up with her body slamming me until I do. Yes,some cat’s are feisty and sometimes you question whether it is your cat that actually owns you but that’s just one of the reasons I love them so much.
Don’t get me wrong I do love dogs but I can’t help feeling cats are a little misunderstood.
I don’t see an uncaring, disloyal animal when Sharma nudges my face when I’m feeling sad, watches over me when I’m sick or runs over to me when I’ve injured myself. She’s also fiercely protective, she will guard the door if someone she doesn’t know is behind it and if it’s someone she doesn’t like she will start growling.
My cat is far from unaffectionate and I feel nothing but love from her. As with cats not needing their owners well my cat is a house cat so she’s obviously more dependant on me but seeing her cuddle in to me at a vet check up or look and meow for me if I’m away from her for too long shows me she needs me.
What has caused this stigma with cats I can’t say, perhaps it’s expectations. If people choose to get a cat over another pet thinking their easier to take care of and need less attention this could be the reason. If you expect your cat too be aloof and fend for themselves they will. I think cats return the love and attention you give them.
Like humans all cats ( and every other animal) have their own personality and character. You can’t make the assumption that any two are same, you can’t accurately label all cats as sharing the same personality trait.
All pets are capable of love and affection whether it’s a cat, dog, hamster or lizard.