Emotional Needs of Cats
Do cats have emotional needs? I just read this great article Are cats solitary animals? on the debate whether cats just need companionship for the need of food and such or can they really love a human?
My feeling is that cats can have an emotional attachment to a human and my girl Aurora is a perfect example of it. Sure, she can be quite the bitch when I try to cuddle her and she sure loves me most when I have treats for her but I see that as only one side of her.
I especially noticed how much Aurora needs and loves us since we moved into our house. I’m sure she’s a little confused and scared as well being that it’s a very different kind of place than she’s used to. Every night she’s actually been sitting next to me on the sofa when I watch tv when before she always lounged on the floor or curled up in her kitty bed.
It’s obvious that she’s needing security and when I come home now she’s circling around me. She also has been sitting in the window above our bed a lot lately when she could potentially sit in any window.
Not to mention the recent escapes of Mr. Pilot and how she’s gone frantic worrying about him and running to her mommy for help :willynilly:
Of course, Pilot is the exception; he is the definition of a solitary animal. He only comes to us when he needs food and the occasional petting. Most of the time he is off somewhere (in the house hopefully) doing his own thing while the rest of us hang out together.
All cats have very different personalities, just like humans. Just like I’m sure many of you parents know…one of your kids might like to be around you all the time while the other kid wants to hang out in his room by himself.
What are your thoughts?