Last week was the biggest adoption event of the year, so I want to tell you my experience with my adopted cats.
“Cats are independent and don’t care if you are there or not.” I hear this from people all the time.
Another blanket statement I hear is, “Cats don’t show love and they have minds of their own so you can’t get them to do what you want to.”
Both of these statements are true…sometimes. I happen to know that cats can and do show love; and some are even dependent on their person…if they deem that person is worthy. I have one that won’t leave me alone and one that comes up on my lap only at certain times of the day.
Cats are smart, too. Why, my cats even mind! I have taught them to”go” when I’m in the kitchen. (There is nothing worse that to have a cat under foot.) I have also taught them to “get out of my way” and to “come” (although they are still working on that one).
What made me a cat person you may ask? I’m glad you asked. When I moved into my new home, I wanted someone with whom I could share my life. I really wanted a dog. After all, I always had dogs. But, alas I didn’t have a fenced-in yard for a dog to play in. So, reluctantly, I adopted Monkeyface, a gorgeous Maine Coon, from a rescue. I found myself adopting another to keep Monkeyface company.
I started volunteereing at the rescue. Soon the founder put me in charge of writing monthly columns in two local paper. I did a lot of research on cats and wrote about breeds, history, behavioral issues, and more.
People would ask me about cats behavioral problems, etc. so I gave them the best information that I knew. Pretty soon, I heard someone refer to me as ‘cat lady’. A name of which I am very proud.
Now, understand that I’m no expert. I just know what I have read over the past twenty years.
Sadly, cats have had a bad rep handed to them, but all cats are not alike. They, just like dogs, have their own personalities, all are special in their own way. You cat people know what I mean!
Yes, I believe that cats will love, mind and even worship their person, just like a dog…well almost. If you still need convincing, just keep coming back to Harry the Wonder Cat’s blog!