Does My Cat Really Love Me?

Posted on by Doc Bacon

catmanFelines are profoundly complex and emotive creatures. They covet and cherish, celebrate and condemn. Each day is wrought with unusual challenges in their strange private worlds. There are games and distractions and then dark moods and sleep. Even their bodies are highly sophisticated bundles of sensation. Each hair, each whisker probes the world for nuance. They delight at any possibility.

Scientists have found that cats have the same basic mental construction as people. While they might not have the memory or range as their upright friends, the basic hardware is clearly there. So what does the cat think? What does it feel? How does it relate to us human beings?

Lesbian theorist Camille Paglia describes feline emotion thusly:

Cats are prowlers, uncanny creatures of the night. Cruelty and play are one for them…They live by and for fear, practicing being scared or spooking humans by sudden rushings and ambushes. Cats dwell in the occult, that is, the “hidden”…the cat really is in league with chthonian nature, Christianity’s mortal enemy…Compared to dogs, slavishly eager to please, cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their “evil” look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.

One recent study noted that cats intentionally mimic the sound of a human baby to get their owner’s attention. They know we have emotional vulnerabilities and use them to their advantage. Furthermore, many cats see the human environment as a territory they dominate. You, the human owner, are just an interloper. When you cross them in their territory, vengeance is all but certain. There are countless examples of cats shredding favorite sweaters, urinating vindictively and even causing humans to have household accidents.

Reviewing the wide range of scientific and anecdotal evidence, we start to see something quite fascinating about the felines. They see us as chefs and servants. They take advantage of our servile attitude to defecate indoors. Their diets are unpredictable and demanding. They can get quite fussy one moment and cold the next. Those rare moments when everything goes well in the house, they’ll reward us with indifference.

catladyDo cats look down on their human owners? The unfortunate answer is undoubtedly yes. They find us barely tolerable and hate our noises and smells and habits. This contempt they show by monopolizing the house when we’re away and hiding when we’re home. As a species, they harbor an unearned superiority complex which puts them on a pedestal you could never hope of achieving. They draw no connection between the comfort of the home and the work you, as a human, must put in to achieving such a sanctuary. They simply despise your presence and if wasn’t for your ability to feed them, they could care less about you.

The most surprising element of a cat’s emotional intelligence is that they do not think enough of the human species to even bother hating them. They feel so incredibly superior that you’re barely a blip in their existence. At best, you’re something warm to scratch in the night and something obnoxious to avoid in the daytime. Many humans have yet to realize this and indeed, the cat plays the game quite well. Not only is he a cruel creature, but also a manipulative one. Generations of owners continue to fall for these masterful tricks.

The important lesson we need to learn today is that while feline emotionality is rich, when it’s directed at humans, it’s almost exclusively negative. It ranges from contempt to indifference, with a heavy layer of condescension. No, your cat most certainly does not love you.

About This Journalist

Dr. Arthur Bacon Plimpton, DDS and BOHDSc, is a retired physician who spent decades fighting on the frontlines of America’s healthcare fiasco. Today, he uses his journalism to inoculate citizens against our nation’s pandemic of socialism, scientism and sexual perversion.

  • LanceJZ

    Yeah, remember the dark ages? Well that was because crazy religious ignorant people killed as many cats as they could. When the cat population decreased so much so that rats and mice could run rampid, hello Black Plague.
    It is well known that xtians only like slaves, that is why they like dogs so much.
    The first part of this is decent, it went down hill soon as you went all xtian.

  • Stacy Sollitt

    Wow. You’ve never had a cat, have you, “Doctor”?

    Spend some time working in an animal shelter looking after cats, before sprouting such rubbish. My experience is the dead opposite of what you have written. The cats I have taken good care of (including cats belonging to family members) have been loving, affectionate, and almost seemingly grateful for what I have done to look after them. Ever had a frightened kitten cuddle into you for safety? It’s heart melting, trust me. My Brother’s old cat was a good cat to me, cheeky at times, but he had this amazing personality about him. He also spent many hours sitting alongside my Brother on his beanbag (my brother had a bean bag wedged between his chair and the wall so the cat could see what he was doing) watching him work on his remote controlled car. Hardy the sign of an “evil” creature.

    • Stephenson_Billings

      I once had a cat urinate on my favorite clothes for weeks until I could figure out what she was doing. These can be very vengeful animals. Sometimes they hate you for your patriotism or your faith.

      • Stacy Sollitt

        Yikes! That sounds more like anxiety, or improper litter training, which happens. Sometimes they even go in the first convenient spot if they can’t find the litter tray, or can’t get to it for some reason. It could also come down to a trace of a scent on your clothes she didn’t like. My Brother’s cat used to do his business on the rugs at his house (he also did his business under the passenger seat in my brother’s car), but went to the litter tray every time at my place. I found out that his litter tray was lucky to be cleaned once a fortnight by his then ex fiance (she was plain lazy) as opposed to the twice a day tray clean he had at my place. She also used to abuse the cat by kicking or throwing him, the cat knew he was safe with me, and often took over my bed during the day to sleep. Bless his little ginger heart… The thing I love about animals is they have no understanding of the concept of religion/ politics/ human nature, so really, I cannot see why a cat would hate you for your standing in your life. I can understand the stink eye and look of murder when you dress them up in costumes though. LOL. Why do you reckon she peed on your clothes, out of curiousity? Hopefully she stopped doing it.

        Try Vicks Vaporub (or similar) on the spots the cat likes to do their business in. They hate the smell, and will stay clear of it (from my experience). It also masks the smell- the same reason why some stallion handlers rub vicks around the inside of the stallion’s nostrils, so they can’t smell any mares in season. It’s potent stuff.

        • Stephenson_Billings

          Thanks for the advice, but I moved out of that situation long ago. The house’s owner was a radical feminist. For all I know, she was the one really urinating on my sweater.