Dating for cat owners
Cats do not naturally “get along with” each other, but many owners will obtain a second cat in the belief that it will be “company” for their original cat, only to witness their house being acrimoniously divided into two separate territories.Even a cat that feels relaxed while in its owner’s home may be terrorised by a neighbour’s cat as soon as it emerges through the cat-flap.Descended from the North African/Middle Eastern wildcat , it probably began a loose association with mankind some 10,000 years ago, but domestication in the sense of turning into a pet does not seem to have begun until about 2,000 BC, and has not proceeded entirely smoothly since then.The status of cats as pets has waxed and waned over the centuries, and it is only very recently, on an evolutionary time-scale, that they have become as popular as dogs.I’m glad you had the courage to come out of the closet as a male cat owner. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you whatsoever. My friends seem to find my dislike of cats humorous. After a few dates, I agreed to go to his place for a drink. I knew that the cat would be there logically, but I wasn’t prepared for it emotionally.
The domestic cat is essentially a rather solitary and territorial animal, and one that is still not completely domesticated, despite appearances to the contrary.
Cats undoubtedly display an attachment to their owners that transcends mere cupboard-love, based as it is on behaviour such as rubbing, purring and licking that are also used to cement bonds between one cat and another.
However, their limited ability to communicate effectively with cats outside their immediate family means that many owners inadvertently place them under significant stress.
The emotional ties that owners feel towards their pets may be somewhat independent of the type of animal involved, but the way the animals feel about their owners will be markedly different from one species to another.
Moreover, these differences have profound implications for the well-being of animals that find themselves in a less-than-ideal relationship.