You Might Also Be Interested InMost of us pet owners put a lot of time and money into our cats. We constantly shower them with love, and they become a huge part of our lives. We often love our cat as much as we love other people, and we are devastated if something happens to it or it leaves us too early.
The question is, do they have the same feelings toward us? Are cats capable of loving us the way we love them? While they may demonstrate it differently, cats have their own way of communicating love, and science backs this up. Keep reading while we collect and present you with several facts and observations that can help you understand your pet better and can tell how it feels about you and others in your home.
Perhaps the strongest argument for proving cats can feel love comes from the scientist and author Paul Zak, who has found that cats and humans share the same love hormones. These hormones are responsible for creating the intense feelings of love that we do for our spouses and our children. Since cats have these same hormones, they likely experience something similar.
Demonstrations of Love
Cats can be quite stubborn and self-centered. They are extremely picky about their food, litter, and surroundings. They also like to shred your furniture, clothing, carpets, and curtains no matter how many scratching posts you get them and one of their favorite games seems to involve getting as much litter out of the box as possible. However, cats are capable of a wide range of emotions, and here are some ways you can tell how they feel.
Behavior Gets Worse When You’re Away Too Long
Since we just mentioned several ways that cats can be bad, many of you will notice that this behavior can get even worse when you spend a long day at the office. While many people see this as a cat seizing an opportunity, it’s much more likely that your cat misses you and is becoming frantic about your absence. Cats are extremely routine-based and will notice if you are a few minutes late. Your cat might become fearful that you are not returning, and the anxiety can cause them to misbehave by scratching up the furniture or breaking house training. If your cat is worried about you, it’s likely because it cares for you.
While we have scientific proof that cats feel love, most of us already knew that from our interaction with them. While dogs usually get the credit for being affectionate, cats are every bit as loving as dogs are; they just show it in subtle ways. Dogs are pack animals, while cats are solitary hunters, and for them to spend time with us away from the hunt is pretty significant, but they do much more than that.
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