Cats that Don’t Act like Cats

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!)
Neither snow nor rain...Well, I don't know about rain, but Milo doesn't mind the snow!

Neither snow nor rain…Well, I don’t know about rain, but Milo doesn’t mind the snow!

Molly lost herself in a cloud of bright flowers.

Molly lost herself in a cloud of bright flowers.

  • 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.

    That's Molly, sleeping on my legs.

    That’s Molly, sleeping on my legs.

  • They are loyal and follow us everywhere. Milo loves to curl up near Ken’s feet while he is working in his home office.
Milo is loyal like you'd expect a dog to be.
  • 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.”

What? Animals that are like people? No way!

What? Animals that are like people? No way!

  • 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.
Waiting for Daddy to come home.

Waiting for Daddy to come home.

  • 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.
Mackenzie playing with a balloon in one of our first apartments.

Mackenzie playing with a balloon in one of our first apartments.

  • They watch television. Mackenzie preferred basketball and “Meerkat Manor” on the cable channel Animal Planet.
Watching Animal Planet.

Watching “Meerkat Manor “Animal Planet.

  • Here’s Molly getting fashion tips on how to accessorize using bright colors.
Molly watching the fashion segment of a morning talk show.

Molly watching the fashion segment of a morning talk show.

  • She also enjoys the SyFy channel program, “Ghost Hunters.”
Molly! You'll ruin your eyes!!

Molly prefers getting up close and personal with 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.
Just your everyday cat drinking out of a cup.

Just your everyday cat drinking out of a cup.

  • Molly, however, prefers to get her water fresh from the Poland Spring dispenser…

Molly prefers fresh spring water from the bubbler.

  • 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.
Wake up, mama!!

Wake up, mama!!

  • They’re online. Yes, my cats use social media. Why wouldn’t they?
They use the computer.

Laptops – no longer just for humans!

  • Like most siblings, they compete for everything – the last scraps of turkey, the best spot in the window…
There are two windows open, yet only one meets their needs.

There are two windows open, yet only one meets their needs.

  • …even comparing what Santa gave to the other one for Christmas!
While opening Christmas presents, they want to see if the other one got something better.

While opening Christmas presents, they want to see if the other one got something better.

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!

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3 thoughts on “Cats that Don’t Act like Cats

  1. Is Molly a Bluepoint Siamese? Looks so familiar!
    We have a Bluepoint Siamese female, and a Sealpoint long-hair Siamese (Balinese) male.
    They also love Meercat Manor and the Animal Planet. And the female prefers to drink out of cups.
    Most of all, they love sitting in front of the computer screen. I uploaded a photo of the 2 of them blocking my view—and I named the post ‘Low-Tech Computer Screen Blockers.’
    The male cat also thinks it is his job to pull paper out of the printer, before it is finished.
    No matter where he is, if he hears the printer going “chug, chug, chug…”–he comes running in, jumps up on my desk, and waits for the paper to appear. As soon as he sees it, he reaches in, and pulls it out.
    If I am using photo paper, he will bite into it. Something especially tasty about that kind?!
    I posted the photo of him at the printer too…because some people didn’t believe a cat will do this.
    BUT it’s true! Now I have visual proof that some animals do, in fact, eat and/or destroy homework. 🙂

    • Hmm, I’ve never considered Blue Point Siamese. We’ve thought they were both Blue Russian mixes, or possibly French Chartreuse, but they have a lot of the behavioral and physical characteristics of Blue Russians. Either way, it sounds like you, too are gifted with a wonderful kitty who shares your life!! I know it’s dorky to write about cats on a blog but mine are such a huge part of our lives. Isn’t it funny how they get so involved in the things we do!

      Thank you for commenting! I was just reading your current post about the seagulls (so cute!!). I will check out the rest of your blog later when I have a chance. Do you take all of your photos?

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