Why your cat is the purrfect date this Valentine’s Day
Georgia Love may be all loved up now and no longer a Bachelorette, but her real great love is her cat, Pawdrey Hepburn.
As far as she’s concerned, Pawdrey is the perfect Valentine’s Day date.
“Before I met Lee, it was just me and Pawdrey, so we had a few Valentine’s Days just the two of us! And there’s something extra special about a feline and human gals date – you don’t need to dress to impress, you can pick your favourite movie every time, cat snuggles are always a treat to receive and to top it all off – you don’t need to share the dessert,” she laughs.
“But in all seriousness, Pawdrey is pretty good at sensing my mood and what I need, she’s always by my side which is why I like to remind her that she’ll always be my first true love.”
When it comes to the perfect date night, the two gal pals vote for staying in rather than going out.
“It would be the two of us having cuddles on the couch uninterrupted,” Love says.
“Pawdrey’s never happier than when she is receiving endless pats on the couch and without Lee around, we both have more room to stretch out.”
Love’s obvious love for her cat isn’t a surprise to animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Righetti.
According to research from cat-food brand Fancy Feast, over half of Australian cat owners feel that their cat completes them.
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“The ability to analyse cat personalities simply helps us better understand and provide for their feline needs, thereby improving their welfare,” Dr Righetti says.
“Your personality does not have to be identical to your cats. For you both to get along and be the perfect match, you both may simply enjoy each other’s company and enjoy spending quality time together watching TV cuddled up on the sofa.”
Your cat might not be able to talk, but they are definitely communicating with you.
“The best cat-human relationships are ones in which their communication is on point, by the human adapting to the cat’s preferred communication style. A cat’s communication style varies, it may not be through physical touch, it may just be that your cat may want their favourite person, i.e., you, to make them feel comfortable and safe just by being in the same room,” Dr Righetti says.
“If you are not sure if you have good communication with your cat, take a step back and watch how your cat communicates with you and follow their lead. Your cat will positively respond to you if you give them the space to make the first move, which will allow you to build on your feline-human relationship and strengthen your bond.”