When we speak of the mind, it is not the physical organ to which we refer (that would be called the brain), but rather like speaking of the heart, we mean the essence of that which comes from within. The mind contains all that we are and all that we hope to become.
All actions originate in the mind and are shaped by the history of every accumulated experience, both good and bad. So too it is in our cats.
While they may not possess a “value system,” cats nonetheless express themselves through unique and individual personalities, all of which are governed by the mind.
Cats are ruled by instinct and patterns, and are capable of strong responses to fear, stress, anger, security, relationships, and other emotional and environmental influences. Understanding the component building blocks of the mind which create personality will better equip us to shape those components to influence what our cats express.
In the first portion of this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will explore elements of the mind specifically as they relate to feline personality. Emotions, instincts, and learned behaviors will be described and related to how we can better understand our feline companions.
During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.
PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.