Cat owners know that sometimes kittens, like dogs, have tendency to prefer one person more than everybody else in the house .Dogs and cats have always been part of the human history and over the years we learned a lot about their relationship and very little about the relationship between cats and humans.
It’s only during these last years that researches started to unravel the mystery on this matter.
“The dog is the best friend of humankind” they say, while this saying serves the truth about dog’s faithfulness, it on the other hand spreads a wrong image about kitty cats; people, especially dog owners think that kittens are selfish animals who only use humans for a household and good food.
The power of cats, besides being super cute, relies on their independence. Cats certainly survive without their owners; you don’t need to be a scientist to recognize this fact. But it definitely does not mean that the relationship between kitties and cat owners is fake and only based on benefits, some kittens even endure depression when their owners vanish from their side.
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Cats choose their favorite person, so in order to understand more how to make your kitty pick you as HIS person, here are some tricks Cuteness gathered when consulting Marilyn Krieger, the author of “Naughty No More!” and a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant.
#1 Why one person over another?
In her book, Marilyn says that many kitties favor one person than others. “The favored person may be someone who feeds or plays with the cat or someone who spends lots of time around the kitty … every cat is an individual, with his and her own history and personality.Skittish kitties sometimes favor someone who helps them feel secure.”
It definitely doesn’t mean that the cat won’t show affection to anyone else. It simply implies that they have a deeper relationship with THEIR human.
#2 How do cats show affection?
Cats choose their favorite person and when they do, they drop hints. Marilyn says: “There are a number of ways including head-butting, purring and sitting on laps. Proximity also can demonstrate favoritism. Some cats follow their people around the home or always choose to be near them.”
Our consultant ensures us that there are many signs your cat loves you, such us: purring, sitting in your lap and caressing you with her head.
3# Communicating with your kitty kid:
Over the centuries, kitties learned through their relationship with human to make good use out of their sound,s to make people come to their needs.
In a study published in Current Biology in 2009, behaviorists discovered ‘the power of cats’; “make subtle use of one of their most characteristic vocalizations — purring — to solicit food from their human hosts, apparently exploiting sensory biases that humans have for providing care.”
Some could interpret this as kitties manipulating people. But the most logical explanation would be that kitties demanded care and because humans are naturally caregivers this whole situation made sense. However be careful, the key in this relationship is learning how to be a good listener to your lovely kitty kid.