I’m the textbook cat lady everyone talks about. I interact with cats more than I do with people! So why am I here on a blog dedicated to dogs?
To humbly submit that cat owners can learn a LOT of things from dog owners.
In the world of four-legged companions, it seems that you’re either a dog person or a cat person. Sure, there are those who love both, but there does seem to be a divide between the two pet worlds. In fact, many studies have shown that dog and cat owners tend to have different personality Dog people tend to be more outgoing, and cat people fit the cat lady bill by being introverted.
Of course, everyone is different (and I have had both dogs and cats throughout my life, so what kind of person does that make me?), but the general statistics make sense.
The consensus seems to be that Fido is outgoing and needs lots of attention and love from his owners, while Fluffy does her own thing while giving her owners a judgmental stare. An outgoing person would love to own a pet they can bring outdoors and interact with other pet owners, while an introvert wants a low-maintenance pet they can interact with whenever they feel like it.
However, if you think cats don’t need any social attention, you’re wrong! Cats still need plenty of , and can get anxiety just like their canine opposites. Think of it this way: antisocial people don’t like attention as much, but they still do need some social interaction occasionally. Cats are the same way!
With that in mind, many things dog owners do should be done by cat owners as well, such as:
Cats are never going to catch a Frisbee if you throw it, but they still need Just like you, a cat needs some entertainment to relieve stress and cure boredom. for many cat owners. Catnip, scratching poles, a fake mouse, and other toys tend to keep kitty busy for hours.
But sometimes, a cat needs to play with it. Cats are born predators, and they usually want something to chase and catch, which most toys can’t provide. That’s where a human comes in! You can attach a toy to a string and wave it in front of your kitty until they catch it. A simple playtime activity like this will keep your cat physically and mentally stimulated.
Dog owners are going, “duh, of course you play with them. What kind of monster are you?” I know! And that’s why I’m here because you guys can back me up in the hopes that my fellow cat parents get something out of this and start loving their kitties better!
Dogs often demand playtime and make sure they get their way, but the personality of many cats leave it up to the cat parent to remember. While forgetting is no excuse, it happens! And if we’re more conscious of their need to play by reading articles like this, then we’ll be more likely to remember.
Just like a dog, a cat needs daily exercise. For some, the idea of a fat, lazy cat is funny, but it’s no joke when the cat is faced with serious health . Cat obesity can cause diabetes, deteriorate cartilage, and shorten its lifespan quite a bit. Sometimes, playtime isn’t enough.
That’s where cat owners should look at dog owners. Most dog owners take their pup out for a walk daily in order to give it a good workout. isn’t as strange as it sounds, and many cat owners are giving it a shot.
If you do want to go for a “W-A-L-K”, as we used to spell so our dog wouldn’t go mental when she heard the word “walk”, make sure your cat is trained for the outdoors, buy her a collar or a harness designed for a feline, and start small. Take Mittens out for a walk around your yard. If she likes it, work your way up. Go to a park, or take kitty around the city. If she seems anxious and doesn’t like the walk, don’t force it on her. But you may find that your cat loves being walked, just like a dog.
But not all cats want to go for a walk, and that’s OK - the principle holds true.
Finding indoor games to play to give your cat the run around she needs is super important, and if only we could take the obvious cue from our dog-owning neighbours, we’d all be happier and healthier.
Every dog owner can’t keep their hands off their pup, and the dog seems to love it regardless of what’s going on.
Cat owners, on the other hand, usually let the cat come up to them, or make it rub its head against their legs. There was one study by the media that said cats hated being pet, and that has caused some cat owners to be hesitant when petting Fluffy.
Don’t be. Many cats see petting as a sign of affection, and if they’re purring as you’re stroking their fur, then you’re doing something right!
With that said, petting your cat is an art. There are your cat loves being pat on, such as the head, and others it hates, such as the tail. Cats are different, so your kitty may have its own preferred spot, but this is the general rule. Pet it and see what it likes.
Also, if your cat doesn’t want to be pet, don’t force it. Some cats just don’t like that much interaction, or they get in moods, just like you, where they don’t want any attention. Study your cat’s behavior and see when it’s a good time to pet and when it’s not.
I can only imagine the happiness and general wellbeing improvement for cats across the nation if their cat parents would just smarten up and take a page out of the dog owner book. And why shouldn’t we be petting our cats? Studies even show that interaction and petting can relieve stress and be good for lower our blood pressure!
As I said before, cats need a lot less attention than dogs do, but like any creature, a kitty will get lonely if its owner ignores it. If you’re owning a pet and not giving it any love, why own one at all? I make sure to give my kitties equal attention!
So while some cat owners may not be too fond of dogs, you better believe they can learn learn a few lessons from the pet owners on the opposite side. If you’re not giving your cat enough love, make like a dog owner and get playing, exercising, and petting!