Monday, October 6, 2014

Quit Petting Your Dumb Cat Because It Hates It And You

You know it.  Despite your continued doling out of food and water to it, and your willingness to make sure it survives and is happy under your roof: Your cat hates you.  Especially when you try to show it how much you love it by petting it, it only hates you more.

A new survey from Cats Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, shows most cat owners don't understand the way to properly comfort their stressed out cats: by leaving them the fuck alone.

Don't touch me.  Don't ever touch me.

The survey showed that more than half of cat owners polled believed that petting the rude creatures that they invited into their home calmed them in moments of anxiety.  Wrong!

"Being held or stroked for too long," said Cats Protection behavior manager Nicky Trevorrow,"can be very stressful for some cats." 

She continued:

"Space and peace is often what they need. They are not small furry humans, so what would comfort us will not ­necessarily comfort them. Owners love their ­animals and want them to be happy but our research has highlighted a lack of ­understanding."

Now dogs are great, but there's something to a pet that will barely tolerate your presence even though you provide it with everything.  Puts life in perspective.

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