I often hear people who aren’t fond of cats say that cats are stuck up, stubborn and too independent. They compare cats to dogs and point out how dogs come to you when called, and that cats only interact when they want food.
Interestingly, people who swear they hate all cats tend to like mine, who often don’t “act like cats” or even act like animals at all!
“We are all alike on the inside” – Mark Twain
Indeed, our cats often act like you would expect a dog to behave.
- They know their names, their nicknames, and the words for various wonderful things. They come when called.
- They walk on leashes. What? Cats on a leash? Can’t be done! Or, can it? Both Milo and Molly walk on leashes. (And Milo likes the snow!)
- They love to cuddle and spend time with us. In fact, they love when Ken and I are both hanging out on the couch, finding the perfect nook to snuggle into, or the closest limb to lay their heads upon.
- They are loyal and follow us everywhere. Milo loves to curl up near Ken’s feet while he is working in his home office.
- They play games like Fetch and Catch. Our angel kitty Mackenzie used to bring you a little ball with a bell in it, and then wait for you to roll it on the floor. He’s trot after it, pick it up in his mouth, and trot back to us, dropping it at our feet. Mackenzie also loved to play catch with his toy mice – we’d toss them into the air and he’d leap, catching them between his paws.
Okay, so we’re not the only ones!
In addition to acting like “man’s best friend,” our kitties also exhibit some rather human-like characteristics. I guess that we’re not the only people who notice stuff like this, because the cover of the most recent issue of Readers’ Digest magazine features a story on “Animals That Act Like People.”
- My cats can tell time! When it’s near the time of day for Daddy to come home, they start their evening vigil. The second they spy him walking up to the door, they get excited and start dancing around.
- They play with some of the same things that human children do. Mackenzie loved balloons. Whenever I had a balloon (people often give me balloons when I was sick), he’d jump in the air to grab the ribbon, then mill around the house with it floating behind him.
- They watch television. Mackenzie preferred basketball and “Meerkat Manor” on the cable channel Animal Planet.
- Here’s Molly getting fashion tips on how to accessorize using bright colors.
- She also enjoys the SyFy channel program, “Ghost Hunters.”
- They don’t like to drink water from a bowl, unless they have to (and if they do, they prefer their water fresh and cold). All of our kitties have had unique methods of drinking water. Mackenzie used to stick his paw in the water, scoop it up, and lick. Milo, our older kitty, prefers to drink from cups.
- Molly, however, prefers to get her water fresh from the Poland Spring dispenser…
- Like human children, as soon as they wake up, they want both of us up! It’s common to awaken to one or both of them poking us, climbing on us, or meowing in our faces to announce their arrival.
- They’re online. Yes, my cats use social media. Why wouldn’t they?
- Like most siblings, they compete for everything – the last scraps of turkey, the best spot in the window…
- …even comparing what Santa gave to the other one for Christmas!
I’m not sure how much of it is nature versus nurture, but our kitties have some pretty awesome purr-sonalities. Of course, I’m biased. I don’t know if we’ve just been lucky, or if it’s the combination of their temperaments and our methods of interacting with them, but our kitties give so much to our family. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, naiveté, or anthropomorphizing. Perhaps we are just trying to fill in empty spaces because we don’t have any children, but for many reasons, I doubt it. Our cats are amazing gifts and make us a family. I’m honored to share our lives with them, and hope that we’ve given them safe, happy, healthy lives. It’s the least we can do for all the joy they bring to us!