Face it, your cat doesn’t care about you

Felines are more independent than dogs and don’t miss you when you’re gone, study reveals


  • That’s a lie written by a biased dog person

  • Xavier

    1) Dogs have been domesticated for 50,000 years; cats 5,000.
    2) Independence isn’t a flaw.

  • Joy Freiheit

    That article is badly titled. Loved, socialised cats can care about us as their family members and friends. The test scored a “need-love”, where a cat or dog or child NEEDS something from the adult human, but that is not the greatest love. The affection a cat gives a human is more egalitarian and mature. This is not a flaw.

    Sometimes, a cat’s caring towards a human is publicised, for example Youtube videos showing cats attacking a dog or a big human who threatened/hurt a child; the cats deliberately protected the child by attacking the aggressor.

    Other cats have warned their human family of a fire or a medical emergency (diabetic coma) occurring in someone the cat loves.

    One woman who was restricted to bed after an injury was “fed” by her cat, who insisted on carrying the cat’s meat from the kitchen up to the woman in bed, mouthful by mouthful.

    Cats can have a very “giving” love towards humans. In contrast, “need-love” is rather infantile and self-centred.

  • ed

    my 3 cats two sisters and lodger the adopted tom , know the sound of my car engine and the click of the electric gates , the all appear and follow me in the house . ” could be the ham and chicken treats ” rather than me they want to see ,

    • Frances

      Are you thinking it’s “cupboard love”?

  • lolwut?

    Horse hockey, my cat ran to the door every time I came home, and ya there was food in their dish.

    I flopped out on the bed the almost every time I’d come home and my cat would,hop in with me purring and grinding his face against mine.

    Nothing against dogs, love them to death but this story is bunk

  • Brett_McS

    My cats don’t react overtly when I return home, but I know they are dancing on the inside.

  • Xavier

    Cats have a completely different body language and temperament than dogs. Their communication skills are based on subtle signals, not overt tail wagging and vocalizing as dogs do. In fact, the sounds cats make are mostly a reaction to the human voice – something the “researchers” in the article didn’t take into consideration. Comparing cats and dogs is like comparing apples and oranges, and doing so detracts from the qualities of both species – and exposes those making the comparison as fools.

    As for intelligence and bonding: my monitor has capacitive buttons; there are no physical buttons or labels, just a flat panel with lightly stamped symbols. When he thinks it’s time for bed, El Cato shuts down the monitor by touching it and then curls up against my shoulder and neck as tightly as he possibly can – it’s clear to me that he feels safe and secure and knows that I am his protector.

    Right now, the little devil’s got a respiratory infection and won’t take his pill so I may retract all this after I stop bleeding.

    • Blacksmith

      Ah the joys of giving cats medicine, we had one that would take the meat with the pill inside eat around the pill and spit it back out. We had to start grinding the pills up.

  • Jade

    So true, just give me my Temptations human