Cat Behavior: Is Your Cat Copying You?

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Cats become a part of the family…some even get to the point where they take on human habits. Cat behavior will frequently alter to mirror both the good and the bad behaviors of their humans. Personality has some affect on cat behavior, but studies have shown a high influence of human behavior upon cats.

What Cats Learn From Us

It’s no secret that cats are highly intelligent creatures. They know when naptime is; when mealtime is; and where you keep the treats. Cats are great observers, that’s how they learn how to open a cabinet door that has been improperly closed by us! They also know where their respective feeding and toileting areas are and use them wisely…and on schedule!

After all, cats have adapted their behavior to practically mimic that of their humans. When you eat, your cat eats. When you sleep, your cat sleeps. In fact, some studies have shown that some cats mimic their owners’ eating behaviors to the point wherein if the owner is obese, well….guess what? So is the cat!

And, if you keep the litter box in your bathroom, it should come as no surprise that when you are in there “taking care of your business,” your cat might come in at the same time to do the same. Cats will often mirror what you do!

Is Your Cat Training You?

However, cats find ways to get you to adapt to their behaviors. For example, are you getting up early for YOU or for your cat? Do you change your schedule to accommodate their needs? Do you react when your cat meows at you?  It’s been documented that cats only meow at humans, and they often modify their tone of voice to get more reaction from us.

If you really want to learn something amazing from your cat, take a page from the cat’s book and learn how to relax and embrace the moment, breathing rhythmically with your eyes half-closed. Yeah…cats have this meditation stuff down to a science. You should try it sometime.

Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.

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