Very exciting news. We have a guest writer for our blog today! Please enjoy the very informative article by writer Amber Kingsley below.
Is Your Cat More In Your Face … Or Far Away … And Why?
By Amber Kingsley
Since Matilda is doing so much better now, I thought we’d take a look at another topic with our fabulous feline friends. Some may say that part of the allure with our beloved cats is that they have a such strong independent streak, but at the same time, many of them are so attached to us ... like glue. Sleeping on (or near) our face like Matilda and the bearded man from a previous post, they are both the poster children for unconditional love.
So what causes certain behavior patterns that has our kitties either “making biscuits” on our bellies or sitting perfectly content, far away on a window sill and ignoring us completely? While there’s not a particular science behind which feline breed is more affectionate than others, still some of them seem to be more touchy-feely than others, and this type of behavior is complicated at best.
For example, big cats like lions in the wild are pride animals where there is only one dominant male in charge of a harem of females. In this type of a scenario, the girls do all work, the hunting (or shopping), rearing of the children (it’s a team effort), making their house a home, (again with both parties involved) .... but in the wild kingdom, there’s a singular guy lays around and sleeps all day waiting for breeding time.
Without sounding ultra-feminist or to say that male lions aren’t good fathers (because they are - aka The Lion King), but most of this behavior happens to be true within nature. Some pet owners have found that larger, orange, tabby cats (that happen to be male), tend to be layabouts that only want to be fed and given plenty of love and affection.
On the other hand, the females in the pride of wilderness lions seem to be more distracted with hunting, stalking and patrolling the premises. Not to say that this is true in all situations, but it does seem to happen quite regularly with our domesticated felines.
Most cat owners already know that when your cat is rubbing their kitty nose and lips all over you, be while they’re wrapping themselves around your lower legs or they’re totally in your face, they’re applying their scent and marking you as their territory. You are their territory … they are claiming you as their human!
But their whiskers are also in play during this type of a scenario. This is the most sensitive part of their entire body, one that they use them to detect a myriad of different things happening around them. Without going into detail about our own sensitive areas as human beings, this is an enormous amount of trust they are placing with us. At least they aren’t marking us in other ways … if you catch my drift.
Whether your cat is independently aloof or overly affectionate, there may not be an exact scientific way to explain their affection levels towards us, but it still exists nonetheless. We love them for who they are, much in the same way they share their weird, unconditional love for us. Maybe it’s just a matter of perspective and while Matilda may continue to be a mystery to us and her medical team at times, we still love her all the same … and she loves us back.
Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.