A Cat Is Not A Dog
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Does the title of my blog post seem silly and obvious? Well, of course it does but I’m actually quite serious. I meet many people while I’m on consultations who expect their cats to act like dogs. They are either disappointed that kitty doesn’t respond to them the way their dog does or they’re so proud of the fact that they have a cat who acts “dog-like.”
Cats are very tuned into their environment and even though they may enjoy sitting in your lap and receiving lots of affection, their senses are on high alert. While the dog may sit at your feet and gaze up at you, your cat is no less loving and devoted because she is facing away from you while sitting or she prefers to lounge on the arm of the chair next to you.
I’ve heard people say that cats can’t be taught to come when called and that makes them less trainable than a dog. Well, if you’ve ever opened a can or bag of cat food and have seen your cat come running from the other side of the house, you realize just how trainable kitty actually is. My cat learned her name and comes when called because she has learned to associate something pleasant when she reaches me. I started by simply calling the cat’s name as I prepared her dinner or I would repeat her name while I petted her. Before you know it, kitty knows her name and comes whenever she hears it.
Instead of people trying to compare cats to dogs as if one is better than the other, let’s just enjoy both species. Cats don’t have to be “dog-like” to be wonderful family members. They just have to be loved!
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