Does Your Cat Think You Are Its Mother?
Relationship between Cats and Human (Mom)
- Cats often show humans a level of affection that is similar to how they would treat their biological mothers.
- Cats learn to influence human emotions just like human babies do.
If you’ve lived with a cat, then you know that cats consider your home their home. Cats do what they want as they wander about, and you might wonder why. The answer is actually cuter than you think.
Cats show us a level of affection and respect that is very similar to the way they treat their mama cat. They think we’re just one of their kind. And cats reserve their affectionate behavior usually for the humans in their homes. Cats are more relaxed and content around their humans, but more on high alert around strangers.
Because cats socialized themselves, it seems like they saw us as potential caregivers from the beginning. So if cats learned to recognize their loving mamas as safe creatures that they could be friendly with, then they probably drew a similar conclusion about humans.
Cats respond to our loving behavior just as they do with their own species. When animal behaviorists try to pinpoint how cats choose their “favorite person,” one major factor was how the person behaves towards the cat. If a human feeds, plays with, and nurtures the cat, then the kitty is more likely to reciprocate with affection
Cats learned to prey on our emotions like human babies. They developed the “meow” to play to our loving emotions and don’t meow with other cats because it sounds like a baby’s cry. Clearly cats know exactly how to prey on our parental instincts and it always works.
Because our cats sometimes don’t always want to show affection, it’s comforting to know that their affections come from such a strong place.
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