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If I'm being honest, there is nothing I aspire to be more in life than a cat. They're cool and mysterious, naturally graceful and elegant, spend most of their time sleeping and getting attention, and don't seem to care what anyone else thinks of them. What's not to strive for?
Needless to say, when I look at a cat, I see a clearly superior being. But what do cats think of humans when they look at us? Well, according to some experts, cats might think humans are cats, too. Bigger, clumsier cats, sure — but cats nonetheless. According to John Brhaw, an expert on cat behavior and author of a bestselling book on cat science, there's plenty of evidence that points to the fact that cats see humans as nothing more than fellow cats.
In an interview with National Geographic, Brhaw stated"We've yet to discover anything about cat behavior that suggests they have a separate box they put us in when they're socializing with us.
They obviously know we're bigger than them, but they don't seem to have adapted their social behavior much. There are lots of stereotypical kitty behaviors that cat guardians are highly familiar with and likely fond of — purring, rubbing their noses and faces up against our legs, kneading their paws on us or as some people adorably call it, "making muffins"or trying to lick our skin with their sandpaper tongues OK, I'm not a fan of this one, but that's all right.
It's easy to assume that our kitties play out these behaviors with the awareness that we're a totally different species than they are, since these aren't human behaviors — but that's not necessarily the case. They're essentially treating us no differently than they'd treat one of their own.
And cat people, brace yourselves for more sweetness: In some ways, cats don't just treat us like fellow cats — they treat us like we're their actual cat-moms. Take their "making muffins" or kneading on you with their paws, for example.
But humans don't really act like cats, and don't really look like cats, so cats must see us somewhat differently, right? As Brhaw shared with National Geographic"They do think we're clumsy: Not many cats trip over people, but we trip over cats. So we're viewed as clumsy and very large cats, but according to Brhaw, typical cat behavior doesn't imply that they think of us as any less intelligent or inferior, so I'm cool with it. As time goes on and more research is hopefully devoted to this subject, there may be a way to determine exactly what the cat sees and what they think about humans.
Cats are known for being sassy and endlessly self-confident, so when you think about it, it actually makes sense that they naturally assume their big, goofy guardians are nothing more than fellow cats. And if cats think I'm also a cat, then to tell you the truth, I'm truly honored. At least someone out there sees me for who I really want to be.
This article was originally published on Sep. By Nina Kahn. Updated: July 21, Originally Published: Sep. Additonal reporting by Siena Gagliano. See All Health Relationships Self.What do cats think humans are
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Cats really do need their humans, even if they don't show it