Cats are often thought of as independent creatures that couldn’t care less about their human companions. But new research suggests that cats may actually experience some complex emotions, including jealousy. So the next time your cat gives you a dirty look, it might not be just because you’re petting the dog. There could be some real feline feelings involved!
Jealousy is an emotion we typically associate with humans, but cats can exhibit behaviors that appear to us as jealousy.
Jealousy isn’t just for humans! Our whiskered furry friends can feel it too, and express it in their own unique way. Cats may hide items from other cats, such as toys or food. Or if another cat is getting attention from us, they will try to join in – sometimes even meowing until the petting stops! They also might start purring and rubbing against our legs more often when attention is given to someone else.
While this may not exactly be jealousy as we humans experience it, it’s a behavioral response to your cat being territorial, trying to establish social status in the home, or a classic case of FOMO (fear of missing out).
Cats are territorial creatures, and they may exhibit jealous behavior if they feel like their territory is being threatened.
Cats are known for their curious personalities, but one trait that’s often overlooked is their territorial nature. If a new cat is introduced to the household, it’s important to make sure each of them has some space to call their own – otherwise, you risk running into some jealousy-like behaviors!
Having more than one cat can make for an interesting household. Over time, cats will settle into a routine, but until then, you might see them competing with each other for your attention and affection. Many cats are not content with getting only half of what you have to offer, so if you want to keep everyone happy (and sane), make sure you divide your cuddles and kisses up evenly. Some cats may call “dibs” on certain chairs or windowsills – if it were up to them, everything in your house would be staked out. But you can teach your felines that when it comes to love, sharing is caring!
If your cat starts acting out of character, it could be because they’re feeling jealous.
Signs that your feline friend is jealous could be different than you expect. Instead of growling and hissing, cats tend to pout or act aloof. If your cat used to be super cuddly but now acts like they don’t care if you’re around, it could be because they’re feeling jealous. Other signs include swatting when you pet another animal, excessive meowing, and hiding.
Jealousy isn’t the only emotion cats feel – they may also be experiencing happiness, sadness, or fear. Cats are complex creatures that can have a range of feelings. While it’s impossible to definitively say what your cat is thinking at any given moment, being aware of their behavior will help you understand what’s going on in their furry heads. After all, cats have feelings too!
No matter how independent cats appear to be, they still need love and attention from us. We may never know exactly what our feline friends are thinking, but being aware of the possibility that they could be feeling something as complex as jealousy helps us to better understand our cats and the bond we share with them.
There are some things you can do to help ease your cat’s jealous behaviors
There are strategies for helping your jealous cat feel secure in the home. In addition to providing love and cuddles whenever possible, take some steps to make safe spaces in your home.
First, make sure you have enough litter boxes for all the four-leggers in the family. As a general rule, you should have at least one litter box per cat, plus one. Next, make sure each cat has a space to relax and enjoy their alone time. Some cats prefer dark, cave-like spaces that are low to the ground. Others prefer to perch up high, where they can survey their kingdom from above. As their caretaker, it’s important to understand your cats’ individual needs and provide them.
Finally, it’s important to have enough resources for everyone in the family. This means food dishes, water bowls, and even toys should be easily accessible to each cat so they don’t feel like they need to compete with their feline roommates. By taking these steps to make sure your cats feel secure, you can help create a peaceful home environment that everyone will love! Remember: cats are complex creatures with emotions just like us – and paying attention to their behavior is the best way to show them how much we care.
All in all, jealous cats can be trying at times, but with a little extra love and attention, they can learn to live more harmoniously in the home. Remember to monitor your cat’s behavior closely and take the time to assess what might be causing them to act jealous. Cats are social creatures and thrive on being part of a loving family, so give them all the cuddles and treats you can. Who knows – maybe you’ll find an even closer bond with your kitty companions!The Catington Post is reader-supported. That means, if you make a purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. All images and names which are not the property of The Catington Post are the property of their respective owners.