We have a new addition to our family. Her name is Baudelaire – or Bo for short. Black and fluffy as she is, it’s hard to get a decent photo of her. She blends into every background. Not to mention the fact that she won’t stay still unless she’s asleep (for some reason the pile of potatoes is far more enticing a bed that the actual one we made for her!) Isn’t she the sweetest thing?
When our last cat Cleo died two years ago at the grand old age of 21, I didn’t know if I would ever get another one. Though I am a cat lover through and through, they do bring with them certain responsibilities and expenses. I was also concerned for the safety of the birds who I love to feed and watch in the garden. Household cats are a threat to dwindling garden bird numbers.
Apparently though, according to a study by the BBC and Royal Veterinary Society, cats are evolving from solitary hunter to domestic pet. They are changing their behaviour to fit into 21st century life; becoming more tolerant of each other, killing less prey and learning to communicate with each other and other people.
I have had several cats throughout my life and can attest to the truth of this. Cleo never showed any interest at all in catching birds, she would sit on the grass while blackbirds hopped around her catching worms. They seemed to instinctively know she wasn’t a threat to them. Mice were a different story however, she would catch and bring them to me as gifts every now and then.
All of my cats would also communicate with me in some way – I don’t mean just meowing when they are hungry or want something. But I would spend a lot of time with them and talk to them. A method of communication developed. I think cats that don’t have this close relationship with their owners are more likely to wander elsewhere for excitement – hunting is a prime example of that.
It is interesting to think about this evolution and what it might imply about cats and other species in the future.
Bo is not much bothered either way – she seems to be quite happy racing around the kitchen, hiding behind the curtains and lying upside down to have her tummy tickled 🙂