Cats often suffer from stress because many owners treat them like dogs, reports theTelegraph. These ill-advised owners expect cats to be thoroughly domesticated, to enjoy being petted and to be relaxed about sharing their living space, says Dr. John Bradshaw. But what they do not understand is that dolling out affection may not necessarily make it feel more content.
It’s all about recognizing the needs of the cats and realizing they are not just wildly different from us humans, but they do not share much with dogs – the other most common house-pet.
If the owners started to treat cats different from dogs, the cats will flourish physically and mentally as well. These positive changes will then manifest themselves into affection reciprocated or reflected by the cat, say animal behaviorists.
Cats have never been able to completely adapt to the domestication process, unlike dogs, who seem to have wholeheartedly accepted the process of being adopted as a pet.
Though it is common consensus that cats are much less demanding than dogs, it is not true.
But, unlike the common misconception that cats often become hostile, these feline creatures can be quite companionable and interesting.
Though cats love to be groomed and petted, they do not adore perpetual companionship. Dogs on the other hand do not mind being surrounded by their owners.
Another interesting aspect about cats is they do not gel well with other cats. You might be instant friends with your just-moved-in neighbors, but cats may be enemies for as long as they live.
As a human though, you can certainly win their affection with patience and love.
Most important for a cat, apart from food, is their independence. Respect their space and privacy and they will reward you with the sweet and gratifying purr.
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