Cat lovers know how strong the bond can be between human and feline. Many of you reading this will love your cat to pieces. The death of a cat often results in our deep and long-lasting grief. But why do we love our cats so much?
Mark Twain once wrote:
“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.”
Understandably, people can feel intensely about any pet that becomes a close companion, but cats seem to have a unique way of engaging our feelings. I believe there are many things involved in this: in truth Mark Twain was not wrong, just incomplete.
Why Do We Love Our Cats So Much: Three Things That Cause Us to Love Them
The sheer physicality of cats is one factor. Cats curl around us in a way that a dog could never do. When they relax on our laps, or in our arms, or strewn over us in bed, then we relax in response. It’s a great plus of cats that they can do this, for this causes us to live longer. Dogs are far too inflexible to do the same: when a dog sleeps in our arms it’s just a dead weight.
There is something else about a cat that is very appealing. Cats have some vocabulary though not our gift for language: you could say cats don’t talk-the-talk, just walk-the-walk. All the same they do have a remarkable way to communicate through posture. You know your cat is grumpy, or has a headache, or is annoyed with you, by the way it looks–they have the subtlest ways to tell us how they feel. Of course sometimes they have the loudest and most annoying ways of telling us this too–like when they jump up-and-down on us when we are trying to sleep–but forgiveness is an essential quality of all cat owners and they know that. For proof just look at the angle of that head of the cat in the photograph above.
Then there are the small intimate ways that a cat communicates its love. Pushing is forehead against ours; putting out its paw and stroking us; biting us gently; forever licking us; insisting on sharing and often taking-over our beds. Cats are miracles of intimacy.
Why Do We Love Our Cats So Much: Cats are Miracles of Intimacy–
All the things above are just some the reasons that answer why do we love our cats so much. (There are many others to discuss another time.) It is strange that an animal that is by nature solitary should know exactly how to manipulate us to obtain our love. Over many years of living with cats I have come to the conclusion that they really are much more than heat-seeking missiles aimed towards out laps. Cats actually do love us as much as we love them. What do you think? Please tell us and share this post with your friends.