I just read an article about a Cat Behaviorist. Now I consider myself knowledgeable about the Canine. Dogs are somewhat understandable – body language, voice and eye contact seem palatable. The feline, (and I have rescued many over the years,) seem harder to read.
"Elise' is a young tuxedo that recently went from my temporary home to her forever home. She is adapting to two large dog 'brothers,' a teen, and a man; none of whom Elise has had exposure. Her new 'mom' tells me that she is well loved and a constant presence about their home. She is bonding with the dogs even though she has taken over their beds, food and toys. She helps the family members shower by monitoring the water flow. Brushing teeth finds Elise with a paw on the brush hand. As the group spends time out-of-doors, Elise wails her displeasure. The young lady of the house clips on a lead and has Elise join in. She naps where she wants, scatters her toys about, knows the refrigerator holds treats and cuddles on her terms."
Now, can one truly say that they can discern these antics? Is Elise trying to attain an Alpha position, or is she prey driven?
A Cat Behaviorist may state that this kitten/cat is developing in a healthy fashion- that she knows her boundaries and limitations and has been satisfactorily socialized. Her 'pack' is providing a wonderful home. All true... indeed. I'm not sure, however, that I would spend much time reading up on cat behavior, or necessarily agreeing with the experts. I love my cats, nurture and respect their needs. We have domesticated a marvelous companion animal and owe them at least this much. "Dr. Cat Person?' Hum?? Meow.