Ever ponder what cats are thinking about? Cats spend a lot of time lounging, unwinding, and sleeping. What do cats contemplate (or dream about) while sprawled out in a ray of fall sunshine? What happens if your cat is perched on your chest and is gazing at you intently with those enigmatic eyes? Cats don't do much during the day besides the regular meandering around the home, strolling to the food dish, and a few bursts of extreme energy (evening zoomies are always fun).
As it turns out, cats may perceive people as clumsy, enormous cats who occasionally behave differently from what cats might anticipate. This hypothesis was developed by John Bradshaw, the author of the 2013 book Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.
According to Bradshaw, who has extensively researched the history of domesticated cats and the connections between people and animals, cats' behavior toward humans and other cats is the same. For instance, cats will approach us and rub up against us in the same way that they would approach another cat in a warm greeting while walking toward their owners with their tails straight up in the air. even cats.
I almost completely missed the fact that I'm a cat.
It's true that I find it difficult to run up and down drainpipes. Without a lot of pharmacological assistance, I likewise struggle to catch mice.
On the other side, I'm a good cheese eater and a very quiet milk drinker. Bob, the cat owned by my friend Ed, may believe that I am a cat as a result.
Bob hasn't informed me directly, but John Bradshaw, a British anthropologist, has. Bradshaw contends in a book titled Cat Sense, which the New York Times generously reviewed last week, that cats are fundamentally still wild animals even when they are content to lounge about your warm laptop keyboard and appear in a variety of YouTube videos.
He has been researching cats for 30 years and maintains that they did not undergo a significant evolutionary change as a result of never being bred to fulfill a specific function in human household life.
Yes, a lot of them have been tamed in some ways, but a lot of them also go outside and procreate with wild cats in the nearby shrubs and trees. (Bradshaw speculates that there is a feral component in 85% of kitten births.) The only ones available to the woman cats are the wild ones because so many are neutered.
Bradshaw is concerned about the number of cats. "Cats now possibly face more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries," he writes. They are outdated predators in his eyes. He doesn't, either.
Here's the important part, though: Cats think you're just a a slightly big, dumb non-hostile cat. Quite specifically, he says that they treat humans as if they were their Mama Cat.
All that rubbing up against you with their tails up is apparently no more than a hopeful check that you really are just another big, fat, slovenly cat who doesn't intend to eat them with their Welsh Rarebit.
No, they have absolutely no idea about nuclear war and apparently no clear sense that we might be some other species, despite not quite having the strokably hairy torsos they enjoy.
In addition, Bradshaw notes that we lack the technical aptitude that cats possess to use their bodies as parachutes when they fall from lofty buildings.
Given that he thinks cats are semi-feral and that they believe humans are cats too, we must unquestionably assume that cats aren't all that stupid — as they must understand that we are actually quite that stupid.
Maybe they do notice that we act in ways that are comparable to their own. They observe us while we aimlessly roam around, hunt, and bring back a ton of KFC.
Bob must be thinking, "Oh, I see he caught some of those funny orange mice again today."
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I am a middle-aged teacher living in California, like to explore the mysteries of the universe, but also like to raise small animals, my family has three cats, looking forward to every day here.