"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
She's always been a very social cat, though. She really likes interacting with anything and everything... when it suits her, of course. But she's probably a little more extroverted than most cats.
Or at least, she used to be. Now she's a crotchety old lady. Reminds me of my grandma. "I'm old, deal with it!!"
I think a lot of this disconnect has to do with the fact that cats communicate differently than dogs or humans (which I grant may be closer on the spectrum of HOW they communicate).
For example, you know that thing cats do where they stand on your chest and knead into you, sometimes with their claws catching you a bit? They're not trying to be annoying. They're not trying to "tenderize" you. They're trying to stimulate your heart.
Cats will do this sometimes when you're upset or in pain and they're not sure why - they'll try to stimulate your heart. They do this to their kittens when they're scared, to normalize their heart rhythm and help them calm down.
Head-butting is also a sign of great affection for a cat. They try to crawl into you, with their heads. It can be a bit weird and frustrating until you figure out why they're doing it.
It's a greater gap to bridge with cats, but they are every bit as loving as a dog if you know how to read them. And they're way less dependent, which makes it a more equal relationship. I think of cats as being like a friendship, and dogs as being like parent-child.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 06-04-11 at 09:13 PM.
Mostly conservative. I like both. Personally I prefer cats, though I acknowlege that dogs are actually more useful.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I lean liberal and I'm more of a dog person than a cat person. I don't hate cats though.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
One of the cats here is a big head butter. He can spend hours butting his head against me and rubbing against my chin. He is also one of those cats that bites at you gently, which is the kitty equivalent of kissing.