By: KADEN SCHARNOW
Cats. The small, big-eyed, furry pets we just love to smother no matter how much it annoys them. And yes, they are annoyed by it and feel annoyance, and many other human emotions. When you give it thought, it’d almost make no sense for other animals to not feel emotions, cats included. Some aren’t too convinced though. Some feel that animals don’t feel human emotions due to the dramatic difference in intelligence between humans and animals. However, humans aren’t some sort of superior being not from this world, we’re just another species originating from the ancient life forms, and no different from the animals walking the Earth with us. But today, we’re gonna talk about cat behavior briefly.
One can easily tell when a cat is happy or has any sort of positive emotion when you can either hear or feel your cat is purring. According to “Common Kitty Behaviors And Tips For Changing Your Cat’s Behavior” by Dr. Chris Roth, Roth states: “For the most part, cats will purr when they are comfortable and happy. Cats often purr when being pet, enjoying the sunshine or sitting on your laptop computer as you try to work.” However, he also states that purring could be a sign of stress due to unfamiliar situations or surroundings, or a sign of illness that should be treated at a vet. If you notice your cat purring at a strange time, or notice them not eating or drinking, or just not acting normally at all, be sure to take them to the vet for treatment immediately.
Cat instincts are also forms of showing emotion. Actions such as self-grooming (licking themselves), random scratching, climbing (on literally everything), and kneading (pushing their claws in and out, though experts are still not sure why) are all instincts of the cat. You should be sure to take note if your cat suddenly stops one of these actions, as it could be a sign of illness.
As one could tell after having a cat for a long period of time, cats are very curious animals. Perhaps you watched them cautiously approach a random object, room or another animal, get scared away, and return shortly. This is a sign of curiosity. Your cat wants to know what that certain thing is or more about it. Pushing things off tables and touching objects is while also a form of curiosity, a form of play. Cats love to see their owners react to their mischief, which while annoying at times, is so adorable!
Of course, every cat owner must be aware if a cat is showing aggression or anger. Cats will be aggressive when threatened, or scared. Somewhat like humans! Dr Roth states that, “Common behaviors that signal aggression include a stiff, straight-legged upright stance; stiffened rear legs with head lowered; direct stare as well as growling or hissing.” Don’t feel discouraged by this though! Signs of aggression made by your cat means you need to form a stronger bond with them, and makes things comfortable for them. Be patient, and make sure to give them space when needed. Every cat has a different personality. Cats could show aggression from natural shyness, or traumatic experiences. Over time, your cat will open up to you and be the furry feline friend you’ve wanted.
There are many, many, more forms of behavior and emotion a cat can express. It just proves the fact that cats and other animals are just as complicated as us humans and that we should treat them with as much respect as we do each other. To finish off, an image to summarize other behaviors and emotions is shown below.