of all the four legged animals i have had personal experience with, cat are probably the most human like. they have human like tendencies, intelligence, humor, likes and dislikes. if given the option the far prefer to drink their beverages out of glasses rather than bowls on the floor and dishes on the table rather than dishes on the floor. they enjoy iced water rather than room temp water. they love variety rather than the same thing day after day. they are thinkers and philosophizers, they are outgoing and social or moody and loners or both. they are jokers and clowns or serious and dignified as any royalty.or both...i have one lady who is as royal as they come, will not stoop to eat with the boys, or play with any but one youngster...and yet one day i caught her playing 007...sneaking along the ramp, every few steps peaking up to see where her target was then ducking down again...when she ran out of ramp she checked to see the distance she had to run and where her target had got to, then raced to where he was (a much older male cat) and swatted him on the rump and spun away to race back to the ramp. she was safely hidden by the time he came back to earth and had spun to see who or what got him. it was delightful to watch, especially coming from her.
i have been rescuing cats for roughly 12 yrs and currently have 16. i have learned much about their behaviours and attitudes. they are very much like us in their ways.