Cat Owners Explain How Dog Lovers Often Misinterpret Cat Body Language

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Cat Owners Explain How Dog Lovers Often Misinterpret Cat Body Language
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Some people, specially ‘dog people’, like to say that cats are rude, and that they don’t love their owners, simple because they are not affectionate like dogs. However, this is simply not true. Cats and dogs are two different species, so obviously their behavioral patterns differ from each other.

In response to the highly prevalent myth that cats are evil, Tumblr user ‘Rabbit In Headlights’ posted a long rant, trying to put an end to this false perception. Starting the post, Rabbit In Headlights wrote: “I feel like the reason certain dog-lovers insist cats are evil is because they read their body language as if they were dogs.” It was followed by what the writers called “a very basic guide to common ‘mean’ things cats do that actually aren’t mean at all.”

Although cat owners and dog owners don’t get along at times, both parties share a deep love for animals. The post below will hopefully clear their doubts, and make them respect each other’s pets.

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The notion that cats don’t like people including their owners has been around for a long time. But it was resurfaced two years ago after a British study was published. This study put forward that during unrecognized situations, cats don’t feel safe with their human owners. Media outlets made this worse by publishing articles using problematic titles such as “Sorry, But Your Cat Really Doesn’t Need You Around“, “Your Cat Doesn’t Care About You“, and “Your Cat Hates You” etc.

However, this study had nothing to do with affection. It merely stated that cats don’t consider their human owners as parent figures, suggesting that the love between cats and humans is not rooted in dependence.

In an interview with Bored Panda, Natalie Cady Bishop of Cat Behavior Solved stated some reasons people might think that cats don’t love their owners. According to her, humans tend to anthropomorphize their pets. She also said that love is entirely a human emotion, and that cats give and receive love on their own terms. She stated that cats might showcase their affection rubbing on a human, and that they purr when they are happy.

However, if your cat is excessively displaying unusual behavioral patterns, an expert can be contacted via her website.

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According to Dr. Marci Koski, a certified feline behavior and training consultant, cats and dogs have extremely different physical adaptations, instincts for survival, and ways of expressing how they feel. The contrast between the historical relationships of cats and dogs with humans also plays a major role in determining how to understand these two species.

Dogs evolved together with humans for the last 30-40 thousand years, while the close association of cats with humans began only around 10000 years ago. Dr. Koski explained: “Dogs come from a place of ‘what can I do for you to make you happy, because that will make me happy!’, whereas, I view cats as wanting more reciprocal relationships with humans, like ‘this relationship has to be a two-way street — I’ll do for you, but you also have to do for me.’”

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