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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Pet Care: The Myth of the Independent Cat

Cats are more savvy than dogs, less prone to blind obedience and more inclined to do their own thing. (Some might say they’re more bloody-minded). However, this doesn’t mean they’re more independent. The myth of feline independence has unquestionably caused harm to be inflicted by ignorant owners. By definition, house cats are domesticated animals and domestic animals depend on humans to varying degrees. Before you leave your cat to it’s own devices, consider that there is often a thin line between respecting your cat’s independence and benign neglect.

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Anonymous BocMeow Pet Care said...

I completely agree that it is a myth about cats being "independent". As a professional pet sitter, I have several cat clients. The majority of these cats look forward to my visits, i.e. seek my attention, love play time, petting time, show their appreciation when their box is cleaned, or simply sit on my lap and purr during the entire visit.

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Blogger Vanessa said...

As someone who has been "owned" by many a cat her whole life (and am now professionally doing pet sitting), I can attest that whilst they do not need to follow us 24/7 cats are still very dependent upon the humans in their lives. We are still their main source of food, home, comfort.

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