I sometimes care for my daughter’s rescue cats when she’s away. I drive to her home to put out fresh food and water, and of course, tend to the litter box. It occurred to me during one of these visits that the behaviour of these two felines can be quite similar to some humans I’ve met. Bela is a white female, nervous, timid, and I think traumatized by experiences that occurred before her rescue. She is like those who are afraid to trust, and would rather miss out on the possibility of a relationship than to be hurt by one.
Cake, on the other hand, is a bold and sassy calico with a sense of entitlement. She does what she wants, goes where she wants, and sometimes won’t acknowledge my existence unless I have a treat for her in my hand. I think we’ve all met people like that. They are self-absorbed and think of others only when theyhave something they want.
Can you guess which is which?
Of course the behaviour of my “grandcats” is very different with my daughter. They feel fully secure in their relationship with her. There is trust, giving of affection, and love that comes from their time and experience with her.