Sometimes when you are feeling good or on the contrary you are sad, your cat will come to you to give you a hug. Why is he behaving like this? 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 enjoy playing with you.If you are angry and if you cry, 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 manage to adapt the right behavior? 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’re distant, so will be!
Experts have long studied the cat and its perception of emotions. Their conclusions are that cats are not empathetic. They are unable to understand emotions. If they choose to adopt a behavior that might suggest that they understand us, it is through associative learning. Cats can become attached to their owner and to the people who live in his household. They observe, analyze and show their affection. But don’t be disappointed! Cats love us and above all they can improve our well-being on a daily basis.
How to bond with your cat?
Even if your cat is unable to perceive 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 it is necessary to respect this space which he considers as his. At home, your cat must have:
- a space dedicated to rest not far from the living space and in peace,
- a space dedicated to meals with a bowl of water and a kibble,
- a space with its litter.
Warning ! If you have more than one cat, each of them should have a space of their own. If you have children, the cat must have a space in which he can take refuge in order 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 you will be.
Let your cat come to you
If you want to pet your cat or enjoy his purring, you can call him. On the other hand, if he doesn’t come, don’t blame him. You have to let your cat come to you! If you go get it and wear it, it won’t want to stay with you. If he is free to move around, he will appreciate coming for hugs or playing with you.
Cats may take time to adjust to their new surroundings or to a change. You must respect the distance that he temporarily puts between you. However, while it takes patience, you shouldn’t give up. Periodically, you can try to entice your cat by calling her, or by encouraging her to play. But if you ignore it, so will it.
Meeting a cat’s needs
You have chosen to have a cat, so you need to take care of it. These furballs have needs that must be respected. We have already discussed the spaces of the house. It is also necessary to feed it respecting its nutritional needs, take the time to make it play or give it access to the outdoors. Also remember to take care of his 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 therefore cannot identify your emotions. But it still brings us a lot of happiness. Because he analyzes our behavior, he knows what attitude to adopt. Sometimes, it is with his purrs that he gives us his support.
Ponrontherapy is full of benefits. It is calming and can even act as a medicine. How is it possible ? Thanks to its purrs, a cat emits sound vibrations. These appease us. They reduce stress and anxiety, reduce pain, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and promote healing. It is for this reason that cats are numerous in retirement homes or that cat bars are so famous.
It is therefore scientifically proven: our cat cannot perceive our emotions. But can he, for his part, feel it? Well, yeah. Even though a cat’s emotions don’t manifest like ours, they are. A cat can:
- be happy,
- to be sad,
- be angry,
- to be stressed,
- to fear…
We have difficulty perceiving their emotions. Even though some signs like the m