Despite the repeated claim that the dog is man’s best friend, which no one doubts, for an elderly person having a cat as a companion animal can have important advantages. In fact, the Illustrious College of Veterinarians of Valencia (@ICOVValencia) remember that domestic cats demand very few requirements to be comfortable in a home. They don’t need to be taken out for walks multiple times, nor do they demand a large space to run and exercise. Also, they are very clean and at one point they don’t mind the slightest bit about staying alone a few hours at home. The species, therefore, has a good number of points in its favor to become the ideal pet for many.
Loved and hated in equal measure
The ‘home’ kittens have lived with man since ancient times, and according to the historical period and the different civilizations, they have had all kinds of considerations. Symbol of good luck, protective image in pharaonic Egypt, reincarnation of Satan himself, bad fario if it is black and hasts possessed of paranormal powers.
In reality, cats are animals that have physical characteristics and behavior patterns that are well known and defined by veterinarians and ethologists, which are what mark their behavior and those reactions that, sometimes, are difficult to understand.
Although each breed has its peculiarities, you should know that on a physical level your cat has some of its extraordinarily developed senses: sight, hearing and smell. That explains some of their habits and customs, such as being a born hunter even if he has never left your house, remain more active than desirable at night, because his eyes adapt perfectly to dim light and to semi-darkness, or to anticipate and react, with astonishing speed, in a given circumstance, because his very fine hearing seems to give him a sixth sense.
All this, together with its independent nature by nature, means that many are fascinated by cats and others, on the other hand, simply cannot stand them (allergies aside).
Are they really little expressive and affectionate?
Again these little animals tend to be criticized by many when considering them animals that do not show affection. No two animals are alike but, in general, domestic cats are sociable, although they also need to your little space be respected.
Regarding its expressiveness, it is richer than it seems but very different from that presented by a dog. Mere observation will allow you to learn to know the body language of felines. The direction of its ears, the more or less arched back, the position of the tail and even its soft blinking (it is said that they are equivalent to kisses) … everything has a meaning that you must discover so that communication with your cat is perfect.
What you should do (and what not) for a good coexistence
Unless your cat presents some serious behavior problem, for example: insurmountable fears, anxiety or aggressiveness, in which case it would not hurt to consult an expert veterinarian such as those who are part of the Ethology Service of the Complutense University of Madrid (@unicomplutense), understanding your feline pet should not be difficult for you, as long as you are aware of its peculiarities and are not caught by surprise by any of its unexpected reactions.
Regarding the behavior of cats, some guidelines indicated by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid (@COLVEMA), which those who are thinking of adopting one should take into account especially are:
The cat is an animal Independent. You do not mean that he does not like games, pampering and caresses, but he prefers to be the one who decides the opportune moment to establish contact with those with whom he lives. If you detect that he wants to be alone and calm, leave him and if you notice any signs of restlessness or ‘bad fleas’ (ears back, crouched in attack position, rapid movements of the tail) … better stay away. Never corner him.
Pussycats are extremely clean and spend part of their daily hours grooming themselves. This implies that you must keep both their feeders and their litter box clean, to prevent them from doing ‘their things’ where they shouldn’t. In this sense, experts point out that inappropriate behaviors that cause problems of this type are frequent during the rutting season. In the most complicated cases, sterilization may be a possibility.
Regarding the habit of rubbing their face against certain objects or even doing it on the legs of their owners, it is something innate in them and a way of marking their territory (and their owners).
Frequent problem is also his need to scratch. It is also part of its particular territorial marking and also serves to sharpen your nails while leaving its mark in the form of pheromones. The solution is simple, give him a scraper, better if he has several floors that he can climb and soon he will understand that this is the perfect place to do it.
Although many people believe that a cat is difficult to educate and train, it is not true in most cases. With some patience and training based on the positive reinforcement, never in yelling or punishment, you will come to astonishing with everything you are capable of learning … if you feel like it.