Today’s guest post comes from Lynn Patra, a researcher and writer whose background is in psychology.
There’s a common misconception that cats don’t have personality or even emotions. One look at Scratch disproves this as he’s one cool cat who’s always down for a good time. “I’m but a wee lil’ leprechaun! Where’s me beer?” says Scratch.
Don’t worry. He only gets cat-appropriate food, treats, and drinks. However, beware of his attitude! Scratch shows off his spirit all year round. Here’s Hoodcat Santa roaming the streets again. “Sup!” says Scratch.
Scratch is great about making his wishes known and trying to get his way, but he always does so in a way that shows off his great sense of humor. Here he says, “You can forget about making it on time for that test if I don’t see my food bowl filled, and I mean to the BRIM!”
Even unadorned, supermodel Scratch loves the camera and the camera loves Scratch. Check out this mug!
Science confirms what many cat owners already know – that cats are complex creatures who have personalities and emotions. According to Dr. Charles Snowdon, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, cats also enjoy music – species-appropriate music that is. Liz Langley’s article, “Listen: Why Scientists Have Created Music Just for Cats,” describes findings from the original study which can be found here.
If you’d like to find out more about your cat’s personal tastes and inclinations, here’s a sample of Snowdon’s cat-specific tunes. Let me know if your cat gives this a “paws up!” or “paws down!”
Lynn writes at Work-Life Strategies & Solutions where she covers human behavior and psychology in our rapidly changing world of work. Whenever possible, she draws observations and lessons from the entire animal world. She believes that every animal species can teach us something about ourselves and our lives in this world.
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