Do Cats Get Embarrassed?
DAY 15, HUB # 15
Yes, cats and dogs do get embarrassed over their blunder acts. It is difficult to judge what your pet cat is thinking when it just sits comfortably in a corner after it failed to catch its prey which ran away from its clutches.
Scientist believed that domestic animals especially your pet cat or dog, have various emotions including embarrassment, which are similar to human being. Scientist studied on these domestic animals had proven that cats are used to solitary life, live on its own, without companions. Hence, cats are less expressive compare to dogs which the latter would easily reveal its happiness , sadness or anger at anytime since dogs are weak at concealing its emotions.
If domestic animals has a purpose on doing some movement and suddenly failed to do so, it will show a "displacement activity". A "displacement activity" means the animal would naturally pretend that nothing had happened when it makes a blunder out of the actual position.
Just watch a cat after it fell off a wall or a cupboard. It will start to scratch its ear or groom its body, as if saying "Ah yes, that was the stunt I wanted to show you all the while.", just as an embarrassed human being might pacify his own ego.
You may be surprised that your pet cat will eventually perform this displacement behavior, whether or not another animal or human being is present to witness the embarrassing act. It is the natural instinct of a cat.
Cats Various Emotions
I am sure that most pet owners would not deny their elegant felines would show signs of various emotions that are similar to human being . Cats could show immense endurance to pain after a cat fight or dogfight. These felines do not howl or cry in pain as you can normally see on dogs.
They would usually scamper for safety such as running back to owner's home, hide behind the sofa, bed or the refrigerator to nurse their injuries. They won't be hiding in their normal cat baskets because they do not wish to be found by other animals or human being.
A cat could self relieved its pain independently. Pet owner may encounter difficult time to get near injured cat to seek immediate treatment as it is fearful to further pains. Hence, the cat would protect itself by displaying its anger such as hiss and spat or give you an evil stare.
What a Cat Doesn't Like
When pet owner deliberately had the cat dressed in cat clothing, it will be extremely embarrassed when she sees her reflection in the mirror. Pet owner may find the cat dress up beautiful or cute but not in the cat's opinion.
A cat doesn't like to put anything on its body, whether it is a bell around its neck, a bow tie, costumes or even a blanket. It makes the embarrassed cat hide itself in a corner, trying to remove the clothing with scratching and pulling them apart with its sharp teeth. The cat may have the feeling of embarrassment which makes it stand out among other cats. Maybe in cats communication, the other cats may have laughed at its ridiculous appearance.
My pet cat doesn't even like the blanket that I covered her body during at night. She keeps pulling it off to the floor and prefer to sleep on cozy rug instead !
Cat Loves Boxes
We all know that cat loves boxes whether big or small as long it fits her in. Occasionally, I would observed my cat as her curiosity grew when she sees a box, especially a big long rectangular box.
She immediately launched her detective skills, sniffing for clue, anything that might leap out and scared out her nine lives, meowing in high and low tone to announce that she is going in soon. She pawed the box's side flaps and jumped int the box after she had confirmed that it is safe to snuggle in. When she realized that the box is not her targeted item, the embarrassed cat tried to leap out of the box unsuccessfully. She was frantic, scratching the box wit her sharp claws and yowling for help.
When I lay down the box on one side, she walked away nonchalantly as if nothing had happened. This is how a cat hide her embarrassment with high dignity. Impressive, eh?
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