Why is a domestic cat more reliable than the domestic human? Well, my theory is that the domestic cat is more pragmatic and practical and less emotional than the human which because of his or her alleged intelligence combined with emotions which are often out of control becomes unreliable on occasions.
|The reliable cat. Photo Nikos Koutoulas|
Cats have emotions too. They can be sad and happy, anxious and fearful. They can be content, and so on, within their relationship with other animals, and I include in this the human animal, but they do not have a connection which is as needy and as demanding on an emotional level as our's is.
I read in a newspaper the other day that over half the people who get divorced regret it and want to get together again. Some of them do and they make a success of it. This breakdown in relationships is sometimes due to unfettered emotional reactions to situations within the relationship. If the couples were more pragmatic and practical like a cat they would stay together and many couples are exactly that. They realise the advantages of staying together. This is how cats think, isn't it?
The domestic cat has this level the practicality and pragmatism in their relationship with us which ensures that they are always doing and requesting the same things. They are much less likely to have emotional hangups about us. They don't envisage us being unfaithful. We can't be unfaithful with our cat. Yes, some people abandon cats but there is a different emotion at play in that instance.
By reliability I mean a cat companion is always there doing things that we expect him or her to do at the times we expect him or her to do it. They don't let it down. That predictability and reliability is very comforting in a semi-chaotic world where it is almost impossible to remain in control of one's life because so much impinges upon it over which we have no control whatsoever.
Feline reliability is one of the attractions of the domestic cat. Unreliability is one of the behavioural traits of the human animal that repulses many people. It is lovely to have your partner or spouse there for you when you need him or her. It is a great quality to be reliable. For a person to do as he or she says is a sign of integrity and a very important quality in a relationship. It fosters trust and understanding.
We trust our cat companions. We can't always trust our human partners.