They say there’s two types of people:
In my opinion, dealing with dogs is MUCH easier.
Maybe it’s because we’ve been around dogs longer.
Some think we were playing some early form of fetch with Rover up to 36,000 years ago, while the human-cat relationship only goes back maybe 10,000 years or so.
One thing that’s almost NEVER in doubt with your dog is that it trusts you. If you have any kind of good relationship with a dog, they are there with you and for you.
Cats, on the other hand, are a wee bit harder to read, especially when it comes to knowing whether little Fluffy actually trusts you enough to bring you into their fold.
Here’s a few clues to let you know you’re DEFINITELY on your cat’s Nice list:
- She KNEADS you. That kneading motion a cat gives to your side or your arm is a good sign that she likes and trusts you. That motion is a holdover from kitten-hood when they would do this to let momma cat know they were hungry. So it’s a sign of affection, even if those claws sting a bit.
- He eats out of your hand. Cats aren’t naturally inclined to take food directly from a human’s hand – UNLESS they know you well enough to feel totally at ease and comfortable with you. (This is also a sign that your DOG trusts you too.)
- They bring you gifts. You know what I’m talking about. Little Buster proudly returns from a trip to the backyard… scratching on the screen door, which you open, and he walks in and deposits at your feet your gift… a dead mouse. THAT is reason to celebrate, because you’ve been honored highly as a member of his family.
(Note: You don’t have to eat that mouse, even though Buster may wonder just a bit about your manners.)
If you see your cat engaging in these kinds of behaviors, you can be sure they are quite comfortable with you as part of their household… like the hired staff…
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Dan Cuprill, CFP®