Cats also have a sophisticated body language. They express their moods by moving them to their tail forcefully, curling their fur, or choosing to put their ears and whiskers. And if you make a rumble, that is – usually, not always – an indication of friendliness, friendship, and contentment.
This is a reliable way to find out whether a kitten is in a friendly mood, or whether we should leave it alone.
What is remarkable is that while we can be sure of the existence of bonds of friendship between us and dogs, and although domesticated cats have given us their company for thousands of years, cats still suffer from having a somewhat negative mental image in the minds of some. Independence, which many see as an advantage, is seen by others as either conservative or selfish. Also, cat haters claim that they do not show affection, except when they are starving.
On the other hand, the owners of these animals say that the criticism directed against them is nothing but nonsense and that the bonds of friendship between them and their cats are no less powerful than those that extend between dogs and their owners. So perhaps we should ask why we paint a cat as a conservative, unfriendly, lonely animal? Is there any validity for that belief?
To start with, it can be said that it is a positive fact that this “independent” cat image has done little harm to the popularity of cats as a pet. It is believed that there are approximately 10 million domestic cats in the UK alone. It is also believed that about 25 percent of families have at least one cat, according to a study conducted in this regard in 2012.
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