Feline charity aims to help cat owners enjoy a more meaningful relationship with their pet, in reaction to revelation that many people are failing to understand the “language” of cats.
Feline welfare charity Cats Protection is aiming to help cat owners enjoy a more meaningful relationship with their pet, in reaction to a new survey that shows many people are failing to understand the “language” of cats.
The research, which surveyed more than 1,100 adult cat owners, found a “worrying lack of knowledge” in certain areas, which has prompted the charity to launch an initiative to educate the nation about cat behaviour.
With this in mind, Cats Protection has posted a free educational tool on its website called “Understanding Feline Origins” – a free e-learning course designed to help owners recognise their cats’ basic needs.
The online guide includes information and video content that aim to help cat owners understand feline origins and, through this, their basic needs and what can be done to help meet these needs.
The charity has also produced a short video explaining different cat behaviours in an effort to address some of the most commonly held misconceptions people have about cats, such as:
- Two thirds (65%) of owners think a cat only purrs when happy whereas it sometimes can occur when it is in pain.
- The majority of people (76%) failed to understand a cat’s upright tail is a greeting.
- More than a third (38%) of owners were unaware that a cat with flattened ears means it is scared and in need of somewhere to hide.
- One in 20 people believe a cat rubs its cheeks on surfaces because it has an “itchy face” rather than marking a territory.
Video host and Cats Protection behaviour manager Nicky Trevorrow said: “These findings show that we need to help people gain a better understanding of their cats which are sometimes misunderstood because they are complex creatures.
“Cats are often considered to be independent and able to look after themselves whereas dogs are usually perceived to ‘need’ their owners. The reality is that while cats are pretty good at surviving without us, they do of course have needs. If these aren’t met, it can lead to stress and behavioural problems.”
- For further details, check out Cats Protection’s “Understanding Feline Origins” e-learning module.
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