A neighbor cat occasionally lies stomach down, head up, along the low brick wall to the side of our driveway. It’s a large cat that silently follows me with its eyes as I walk past it going to the mailbox. I don’t know if it dislikes me or doesn’t care.
I don’t know what it thinks, and cats can exude intimidation. So the routine continues. Is the cat just being a cat, or have I done something to cause its eyes to look alert but detached?
I want it to study me. Reflection suggests I should study it. Who will give in?
An empty tuna can, lid removed, would get things going. Milk is always a winner. But once that happens, the expectation might become routine.
A few students fit the cat profile. Fortunately, humans communicate more easily (but not always). To get these cats off the wall and warm up might take some tuna.
I thought about putting the can down close to the cats, but then I decided to leave the tuna in the house but rub it all over myself before walking outside.
I haven’t tried it yet. Is there any research out there on this?
- 17 Reasons Cats Are The Only Life Companions You’ll Ever Need (thoughtcatalog.com)
- Read Your Cat’s Body Language – Know Your Pet More (cat-training.dogs-and-cats-at-home.com)