Understanding Your Cat’s Behavior

For many people, there is a clear distinction between cats and dogs. These individuals often have preferences that might lie in the sociability of the animals. Dogs allow for greater interaction since they must be taken outside, and are sometimes said to be more friendly than cats. However, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw explains why cats behave the way they do in his book “Cat Sense.”

“I think cats are much less demonstrative animals than dogs are,” Bradshaw told NPR. “It’s kind of not their fault; they evolved from a solitary animal that has never had the need for a sophisticated social repertoire in the way that the dog — having evolved from the wolf — had that ready-made.”

He also notes that while they don’t have many facial expressions, cats have methods of conveying their feelings. Purring is more than just showing comfort, it’s how they let you know something is needed. Kittens purr to let their mother know to be still while they are feeding. So next time, your cat makes this noise, understand it might trying to get your attention.

Bradshaw also wrote the New York Times bestseller “Dog Sense,” which uses scientific methods to explore the animal’s behavior.

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