Why do cats don´t follow their owner like dogs do?
I used to have two dogs who followed me wherever I went. In the present, I own a cat who doesn´t follow me. He prefers to stay at home.
Cats can have different purrsonalities. I mean, most cats DO like to stay home when you go somewhere--unless they're socialized for it, riding in cars is stressful for them--but some cats want to be with you and some don't. For instance, if my cat wasn't scared of cars, I know he'd want to go with me. He follows me to whatever room I'm in in the house. When I'm gone, I'm told he wanders around meowing for me. He loves to cuddle in my arms.
If you look at animals in the wild, you will see that canine animals, like wolves, dingoes, etc. hunt in groups. They follow the leader of the pack and stay close together.
Feline types like cougars, panthers, bobcats, etc. are usually solitary hunters and hunt independently. I think these traits are often seen in our domestic pets.
It all depends on what you accustomed him or her to when they were a kitten. Our cat, Lilly, follows us around, loves to come over and join us when we're hanging out as a family and walks on a leash. But we got her used to those things when she was very, very young. She's not friendly with strangers, but it is very gregarious with us. It's just what they learn when they are young.
When I adopted this cat, It was scared and hungry. It remained independently from me, After the first three days, it started getting close to me and finally, I let it sleep with me.
From then on, the kitty began to behave playful and one week later
My cat I had for almost 20 years use to follow me on walks. She would act like she wasn't with me and when I got to the yard she would always rush in to beat me and roll on the ground. It was always funny.
Jose, Right, cats definitely do not "follow" in the manner we're accustomed to dogs having this behavior. Dog and cat basic natures are like night & day. (although, I had a very "unique" cat at one time, that literally mimicked our dog in many ways.....very comical)
As you may know, each and every individual cat has their very own special personality. Of the dozens of cats I have had throughout the decades, I can honestly say that no 2 were at all similar to one another.
CATS are in charge of themselves! If they could talk, the first thing they would tell us is, "YOU are not the boss of me!" Thus, if your cat is going to be the type to enjoy following you around, they will. Again, of all the cats I've been "Mom" to.....I had only one that wanted to be with me more often than not. It's an unusual habit in a cat.
They are basically solitary creatures. The reason for this is that they are convinced they are the SUPERIOR of all living things!! LOL
As for rides in the car? Unless an owner begins from a very young kitten, taking their cat for rides (and often)....my own experiences have been that they HATE riding in the car.!!
A Bengal will follow you just as much - pup and kitty both wait outside the loo - Kitty comes on walks and will fight for the ball....1 guess who wins
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