Do cats wait for their masters to come home?…


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As you may know, cats are well known for being independent pets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t show affection or care about their owners.

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If you’re the proud parent of a feline hairball and often find yourself on the other end of chilly behavior when you return after a long absence, chances are you’ve wondered. ‘Do cats wait for their masters to come home?‘ on more than one occasion.

It’s no wonder your cat knows exactly when you’re about to enter your home, they have excellent hearing, can detect a wide range of frequencies and can hear higher pitched sounds than humans and, surprisingly, most dogs.

So when you park in your garage or take the elevator, they know because they can hear you. Over time, your furballs will associate this specific sound with your arrival and be ready to say hello…which brings us to the next reason why your cat is by the door waiting for you when you come home.

Cats are creatures of habit that thrive on routine.

Routine is something that makes sense to them, it’s easy to follow, and it lets cats know when you arrive, especially if you have a regular schedule they can learn and get used to.

Cats get lots of attention and sometimes meals when we come home, so they’re probably excited anticipating your arrival and wanting to see what you’ve brought home from the “hunt”. This would be more likely if your cat also sniffs you a lot when you return!

However, just like us humans, every cat is unique and how much they miss their owners will exist on a continuum, with some cats naturally more aloof and others more attached.

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A 2015 study from the University of Lincoln concluded that unlike dogs, cats don’t need people to feel protected.

Cats know they are independent and capable of surviving on their own and although research has shown that cats are still able to form deep bonds with the people they choose, they don’t need of them to feel safe in the same way dogs do. To do.

From personal experience, I can attest that cats can suffer from separation issues just like dogs. Some handle it better than others, but they all want to know what happens when you leave the house. They want to know when we are going to get home and want to make sure we arrive when we say we are going.

Our cats can be as worried as our dogs when we leave and just as excited when we arrive. It doesn’t matter if we’re just going to check the mail or if we’re going to be away for several days.

While a dog will literally knock his owner down the minute he walks through the door, a cat’s expression of affection is more subtle and can be easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for.

The next time you return after a period of being away from your cat, pay close attention to how he behaves around you.

  • Do they want to spend more time on your lap?
  • Do they keep rubbing against you?
  • Do they want to caress more?

All of the above affectionate gestures are your cat’s way of letting you know they love you and miss you when you’re not around.

Conclusion : While research is divided on whether cats miss their owners in the same way dogs do, what’s clear is that they still crave your love and affection.

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Owning a cat, or any pet you adopt from a shelter, has been shown to have positive effects on humans’ ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Bringing home a cat from a shelter can improve your sense of happiness and overall well-being!

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