Cats are beloved members of our families, but do they think of us in that way?
Since cats were domesticated thousands of years ago, we’ve loved having them as a part of the household. Today, there are more than 80 million domesticated cats but there’s still a lot we don’t know about them.
The simplest answer is that based on cat behavior, cats likely see humans as clumsy, large cats who they enjoy. Think about common cat behaviors…
When a cat kneads you with its paws, they’re treating you in the same way that a kitten would ask for milk. Additionally, when a cat tries to groom you, she may be treating you like a kitten.
Cats also rub against humans and lift up their tails. This is a familiar greeting between cats, which is why they likely see us as being one of their own species.
Cats may not necessarily see us as being strictly family but probably see us as being companions. After all, they don’t want to cuddle with just anyone.
Cats surprisingly can’t tell human faces apart. That doesn’t mean they can’t recognize us though. Cats use other cues such as our scent, the way that we feel, and even the sound of our voices to identify humans apart.
Just because your cat doesn’t think about you strictly as family though doesn’t mean that they lack in affection.
Cats show affection and companionship in a number of ways. The closeness that they demonstrate shows you that they like you, even if you’re not related!
Cats tend to enjoy their own space and time though. This is probably why they also enjoy their alone time and don’t always want to be bothered. If you think of your cat as family, you’re not far off to how they feel.