Sometimes, when you feel good or on the contrary when you are sad, your cat comes to you to give you a hug. Why does it have this behavior? Is he able to perceive our emotions? The answer is no. He simply adapts his behavior to yours. Explanations.
The cat adapts to our emotions
The cat is not able to perceive our emotions. But he knows how to show empathy. This is why when you are in a good mood, he will appreciate playing with you. If you are angry and if you shout, your cat will run away from you and isolate himself while waiting for a return to calm. Finally, if you are sad, he will come and snuggle up in your arms.
How does he adapt the right behavior? Quite simply by observing your gestures or paying particular attention to the tone you use. He knows how to differentiate a positive attitude from a negative attitude and will opt for the same. If you are distant, he will be too!
Experts have long studied the cat and its perception of emotions. Their conclusions are that cats are not empathetic. They are incapable of understanding emotions. If they choose to adopt a behavior that could suggest that they understand us, it is thanks to associative learning. Cats can become attached to their master and to the people who live in his home. They observe, analyze and show their affection. But don’t be disappointed! Cats love us and above all they can improve our daily well-being.
How to bond with your cat?
Even if your cat is incapable of perceiving your emotions, you can create a unique bond with your feline. Here are our tips to achieve this.
Respect your cat’s space
A cat likes to have a territory and you have to respect this space which it considers its own. At home, your cat must have:
- a space dedicated to rest not far from the living space and quiet,
- a space dedicated to meals with a bowl of water and one of croquettes,
- a space with its litter box.
Attention ! If you have several cats, each of them must have their own space. If you have children, the cat must have a space in which it can take refuge to be quiet. Teach your children that if the cat is resting in this space, they are not allowed to touch it. The more you respect your cat’s needs, the more grateful they will be.
Let your cat come to you
If you want to pet your cat or enjoy her purrs, you can call her. On the other hand, if he doesn’t come, don’t blame him. Let your cat come to you! If you pick it up and carry it, it will not wish to stay with you. If he is free to move, he will appreciate coming for cuddles or playing with you.
Cats may take time to adapt to their new surroundings or to a change. You have to respect the distance he temporarily puts between you. However, even if you have to be patient, you should not give up. Periodically, you can try to entice your cat by calling it, or encouraging it to play. But if you ignore it, it will do the same.
Responding to a Cat’s Needs
You have chosen to have a cat, so you must take care of it. These furballs have needs that must be respected. We have already touched on the spaces of the house. It is also necessary to feed it while respecting its nutritional needs, to take the time to make it play or to give it access to the outside. Also remember to take care of your health. A cat must be identified, vaccinated and dewormed. And yes ! A healthy cat and a happy cat.
The benefits of a cat: focus on purring therapy
A cat cannot identify your emotions. But it still brings us a lot of happiness. Because it analyzes our behavior, it knows what attitude to adopt. Sometimes it is with his purrs that he brings us his support.
Purr therapy is full of benefits. It soothes and can even act as a medicine. How is it possible ? Thanks to its purrs, a cat emits sound vibrations. These soothe us. They reduce stress and anxiety, reduce pain, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and promote healing. It is for this reason that there are many cats in retirement homes or that cat bars enjoy such great notoriety.
It is therefore scientifically proven: our cat cannot perceive our emotions. But he, for his part, can he feel it? Well, yeah. Even though a cat’s emotions don’t manifest like ours, they are there. A cat can:
- be happy,
- to be sad,
- be angry,
- to be stressed,
- to fear…
We have difficulty perceiving their emotions. Even if certain signs like the m