When a person begins to consider getting a pet, often the first decision is “dog or cat”. Dogs require more hands on attention, require being able to go in and outside and back again multiple times a day, and need quite a bit of interaction to keep them entertained and happy. Cats on the other hand, are much more self-sufficient. Frankly, they tend to be more of a hands off pet overall, with the perks of snuggles and purring. Cats tend to go from one extreme to another multiple times a day, wanting to smugly look at you from across the room but then being quite affectionate at other times.
But, what you don’t know when you choose a cat, is that while you may see yourself as the head of your household, once you have a cat, the cat really runs the show. You may look at that fuzzy bundle on your lap and think that you are the leader, but in reality, you are the servant of the cat.
You know you belong to a cat if you see some (or all) of these signs:
Your cat dictates play times
You play when your cat sends signs that he wants to play, and you stop when he wanders off or pushes you away. He calls the shots. If you are petting him and he is purring away, you may think that all is well, but the instant your cat is done with the attention, you will find that your cat nips at the very hand that was petting him. When he is ready to play, he will stalk you and jump out to engage you in his idea of play. But you are unable to interest him if he is not in the mood. Yep, he calls the shots.
You celebrate your cat’s birthday
You pay attention to your cat’s birthday, just as you would for a family member. You may celebrate with special treats, with toys for presents, and maybe even a small party.