Do cats choose their owners?

Cat behaviorists have conducted an experiment. A cat was placed in a room with several people. Some are cat lovers…others are not. Surprisingly, the cat had made overtures to the non-cat people. The cat approached the non-cat lovers and rubbed its body against their legs. The cat has even jumped on the lap of one person who did not particularly like cats. Do cats really choose the people they would befriend? Do cats choose their owners? Some cats do. Some cats would develop a certain kind of fondness to the people that are providing its basic needs.

We know cats to be solitary animals. Unlike dogs that have the tendency to develop destructive behaviors when not provided with enough attention by the owners, cats would not need human intervention for their existence. Look how stray cats managed to survive in barns, in warehouses and in decrepit and abandoned buildings on their own. These animals would hunt mice and other small fast moving animals to survive. Cats are noted for their independent and aloof personalities. Cats would never consider themselves owned. Unlike dogs, a cat would not have a master. Cats are choosy animals. They are particular about who they will bond with. This knowledge makes some people take pride at the fact that cats have specifically chosen them to be the their owner.

Despite the studies conducted in feline behavior, humans are still puzzled by some of the actions and behaviors these animals show. One of the cat behaviors humans find perplexing is the animal’s tendency to choose its owner. In the example given above, cat behaviorists have explained that cats are intimidated by the attention given to them by cat lovers. Thus they tend to choose people that are ignoring them. Feral cats that have existed in farms and kept grain sheds free from pesky mice and other rodents would suddenly decide to change their lifestyle and move into family situations. The decision can be influenced by the ever present food source in households. It is common for stray cats to hang around areas where food can be found. It is also possible that the cat has instinctively found someone in the home that it can bond with. Cats are not very affectionate animals but they can develop a bond with anyone that is showing them kindness. It is not uncommon for animals to have a strong attachment with children. The cat may have found a friend in the child that offers food and provides care and affection.

In a family setting where the pet cat is being cared for by all the members of the family, the pet would still choose to bond closely with a particular person. Behaviorists have theorized that the person’s voice, demeanor or the way he/she interacts with the cat is what entices the cat to choose the person to be its owner. Some researchers have suggested that the choice of the cat is influenced by similarity of psychic aura that the cat and the person it chooses to bond with have.

There is still no definitive reason for the cat’s tendency to bond with a particular person and to consider that person as its owner. It is not surprising if people would want to win the affection of cats given that cats are wonderful animals to have around. Cat lovers would need to understand that even if cats are noted for their independent personalities, these pets would not say no to the attention and to the love showered on them. You want the family pet to consider you as its owner? Try spending more time with the cat and see if it does not follow you around and consider you as its most favorite person.

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