Cats are beautiful creatures and wonderful pets, but sometimes… well, sometimes they’re a bit odd. They bring us dead things as gifts. They ask for us to pet them, but only exactly three times before they bite. 95% of the time, they ignore our existence entirely – or they pay attention long enough to demand that we feed them, then walk away because it’s not good enough food. And, let’s be honest, this crazy behavior drives us up a wall most of the time, right? But there’s far more to their behavior than just being obnoxious. The little furballs have an agenda.
Hear us out. They are too proud and noble to stoop to the level of a groveling dog. That would make their affection far too obvious. No, just like everything else they do, cats treat love with a certain reservation. They want to love in exactly the right way to keep us guessing about their intentions. We all know that cats are just waiting to take over the world – so they obviously don’t want us to know exactly why they act the way they do.
Let’s look at an example. Today, while Cole was doing homework, all four of our cats decided that they needed his attention right now. Shine sat on his papers and rubbed her head on his face. Lynk and Nova sprawled out across his books. Kairi clambered all over his lap. And though Cole was amused, he was also a bit exasperated. Why did they have to choose that moment to come love on him? Or were they loving on him at all? Maybe they were just trying to annoy him!
But that’s all part of their plan. They do things like this for the sole purpose of confusing us. When they sit on our homework, they are purposefully blocking our attempts at learning and trying to make our lives harder. But they are also searching for love and attention. They might even be a little bit jealous! After all, Cole is their human and all of his attention should be lavished on them. Forget homework – bring on the cuddles! So while Cole was confused about what they were doing and how to make it stop, the cats were getting exactly what they wanted. All of his attention was entirely on them.
What about when I’m trying to cook, and here comes Kairi to stick her nose in whatever food I have out? It’s annoying, of course – and I think she knows that – but it’s also a clever ploy to get me to focus on her. Even if it’s just to pick her up and move her out of the way, it means that she gets to be the center of my attention. And that’s her goal.
Sometimes, cats bring us dead creatures. We aren’t really sure if they see us as furless kittens that can’t feed ourselves properly, or if they are leaving a warning for us to watch our backs.
Occasionally, cats want us to love them but immediately change their minds and bite our fingers.
More often than not, cats yowl at exactly 6:00 for their dinner, only to stare at us disdainfully when we deliver it to their waiting bowls.
And while we’re scratching our heads in confusion, cats are plotting to take over the world.