If I had a dollar for every person who approached our adoption events with the statement "I want an affectionate cat" I could support our rescue organization for a month! Everyone wants the perfect relationship – a cat who will sit on your lap, gaze lovingly into your eyes, and purr her contentment thinking the world revolves solely around you. Who wouldn’t like the same characteristics in a wife or husband? But as I often reply, rarely do either cats or people come that way (although it is more likely with cats). Affection is a quality founded upon trust and mutual respect, the development of which is build slowly, one step at a time. Those who are willing to invest themselves through time and effort will create a meaningful relationship and reap the benefits of an affectionate cat (or an affectionate human).
Our topic this month drives right to the heart of this course on Feline-Human Relations, as meaningful relations are built only over time and with the conscious investment of effort. Why do we have this driving need for relationship with another, and what role in human emotion can cats possibly provide? If Affection is so important, is it possible to reprogram a cat (or a human) who is not?
In the first portion of this Feline-Human Relations 101 class, we will examine this quality of Affection – what it is we mean by it, why so many want it, and what we can do to cultivate such behavior in our cat(s).
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.
Click below to read about 14 ways cats use to express their love.
...and 10 ways we can express it back!
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.