Dec 312016
 

Here’s an interesting – if a little sad – video showing a cat after the owner leaves.

It’s usually inappropriate and very likely highly inaccurate to anthropomorphize the critters in out lives. What seems like an expression of sadness or joy might very well mean something entirely different… for example, my cat Fingers occasionally makes this horrifyingly mournful sound, as if she was grievously wounded. And it’s always associated with her carrying around a toy (or, on occasion, an actual mouse). What sounds like “woe is me” is apparently more like “look what I caught.”

With dogs, their emotions are likely more readily understood for the simple reason that we have spent the last 15,000 or so years hammering them into creatures that conform to our worldview. What appears to be a happy dog is almost certainly a happy dog. But a cat? Their reactions are not ours. And like any good higher animal, the reactions of one cat are not necessarily the same as another cat… they are individuals. So I can state with reasonable confidence that while my cats are likely satisfied cats, only Buttons would I rate as a usually “happy” cat. That feller really does enjoy life on a level most humans would envy.

But the fact that I cannot necessarily promptly read a cat doesn’t mean that their happiness is irrelevant. There are times I come home and find them waiting for me… and they are *not* out of food. So perhaps cats do miss their humans. Cats are more social than a lot of people give them credit for being. That’s why I will probably always have two or more cats if I have any cats. If there’s even the slightest chance that the cats in the videos are as lonely as they seem to human eyes and ears, it would be cruel to force that loneliness upon them.

 Posted by at 6:59 pm
  • Siergen

    When I was young, we had a house cat who normally rather aloof. We went on vacation once for two weeks, and had a neighbor check in on the pets daily, but she didn’t stay more than a few minutes each time. When we finally got home, the “aloof” cat met us at the door, meowing very loudly. She then insisted on cuddling with each us constantly for days. She even cuddled with my dad, who was *not* a cat person.

  • sferrin

    My brother had a cat that was “his” if you know what I mean. Brother went on a two week business trip. When he got back, he was unpacking. Cat jumped into the open suitcase, looked my brother dead in the eye, and took a dump in it. Just expressing his displeasure. LOL

    My cat is more often than not, sitting on the back of the couch waiting for me by the front door when I get home from work. The Mrs. works from home and says he’ll hear me pull up outside and head from wherever he is to great me.

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  • se jones

    Yup, cat’s can be very bonded to “*their* human” and can get very pissed-off if you’re gone too long, and I’ve also found female cats can be extremely jealous of um ‘overnight human female guests’ if you are a single guy.

    Cats are more social than a lot of people give them credit for being? Yes, absolutely!

    My (one of) ultimate dreams, is to have a cat (or two) that can seriously whoop a dog’s ass. Of course, in light of my above comments, “be careful what you wish for” my apply.
    (ps I mean a Cheetoh or a bobcat mix *not* tiger or other wild cat)

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    • James

      Hell my barn cat whooped dogs asses.

  • Bruce

    Alexander The Great supposedly had a Cheetah as a pet that I’m sure could whip a dog’s

    ass if it really wanted to. Definitely having one on a leash and walking it would definitely

    make people stand up and take notice. Plus look at the other advantages of it…it would

    make a good guard cat, considering the poor bloke who broke into your place would

    probably be mauled to death and there is no human that I know of or ever heard of that

    can run faster than 60 miles per hour.

    • se jones

      Cheetoh not cheetah. Google, they are cool cats.

  • se jones

    Can it? Why not.

    http://nautil.us/issue/35/boundaries/can-a-cat-have-an-existential-crisis

    Can a Cat Have an Existential Crisis?
    Treating my cat for depression caused me to question the state of anxiety in animals and us.

    BY BRITT PETERSON
    ILLUSTRATION BY JACKIE FERRENTINO
    APRIL 28, 2016

    “Giving human drugs to animals isn’t just species narcissism. We know these drugs work for animals because they were *originally* tested on animals”

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  • molochnik

    The cat in the first video sounds a lot like my cat Gladys who hunts for socks and drags them into the living room while announcing her conquest.
    I would say that Gladys appears to be a pretty happy cat. She does it whether we are in the house, regardless of where, she’ll do it in the night, and presumably does it when we’re gone, as we’ll often come home to socks all over the place.
    This is contrasted with our other cat who seems to be pretty cranky, and apathetic. Her happiness is usually pretty evident though, however, I’m never sure what it’s going to be.

  • Brianna

    I can literally track how much my cat missed me by how long she spends rolling around on the floor having me pet her when I get back (this is a daily ritual when I get home). The longer I am gone, the longer she generally wants me to pet her and the more cuddly and friendly she is when I am home. The few times I have been on long trips, she is always insanely attentive when I get back and sometimes cries while I am in the shower because she cannot get to me in there. If that isn’t an example of being missed by a cat, I don’t know what is.

  • Rodrigo

    I made the mistake of taking a single Siamese cat as a pet. Since I move around alot when I sleep it was impractical to have it sleep with us. When we went to bed then it would make noises – like yowling, opening cabinet doors and letting them slam closed – so we would come out to see it. This wasn’t solved until we got a second Siamese and from then on no problems. They still missed us when we went on trips, but it clearly was no longer a big deal.

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