New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats:
When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is checking to make sure you are not hostile.
Purring is associated with feeding as kittens and if a cat “kneads” you, that’s how it used to get milk from its mother.
Bradshaw says one sign cats are still mostly wild is that they will go out to breed with feral cats.
But he worries about the future of felines. CNet reports Bradshaw says ”cats now face possibly more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries.”
The bottom line is, cats are not driven by the same pack dynamic as dogs are. Their relationship with humans is much more ‘pragmatic’ – reliant on mutual interests. This should inform our efforts in socializing and training our cats.
As for the ‘hostility’ cats now face, the most hostility the cats I know face is surviving the obesity crisis.