By: Daniel Otero
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province – One might ask the complexity between cats and those that love them.
It’s more like watching a Broadway Play of “Cats” to see the feelings and comprehend their behaviors.
As a matter of fact, cats are not the easiest mammals on the planet. Some of them are lazy, almost slaying in an eternal sleep of almost 16-hours a day. They love to wake up in the evenings to hunt or play. Kill all the birds in the neighborhood. Act like the local Robin Hoods [from stealing food to laundry] to fighting over another female feline and their turf. Others can be moody…
But one thing gives cats a commonality, once you have a cat, it will run your life and household. And your home will be like a playful way around for their “Great Escape”. From the desperate meows when they want their fish and milk, to constant interruptions for you to touch them or play. Then, when they meow in desperation, it’s like a baby screaming for attention at all hours of the night!
Then why have or love cats? The answer is easy. Cats are the closest thing we have to our own [human] attitudes and behaviors. Cats display unlimited degrees of selfishness and at the same time, they comfort us with their selflessness. We love them and it doesn’t matter if they love us back, sounds like an ungrateful child, right?
And let me explain briefly why we love and get cats…
We choose cats for our homes or do they choose us? But the reality is to choose a feline—it’s better to have it when they are newborns or kittens. There is a purpose and reason in all of this…
However, one mistake that many non-cat lovers think or say, “Cats are treacherous?”
I have to answer, “No, they are not!”
Actually, human beings are more treacherous. Cats and especially street cats are survivors. They have those vertical-eye pupils for a reason, they are instinctive hunters. This is why, when a cat is a kitten, they are so playful. By playing they learn.
A cat is an animal that survives on instinct when it grows up amongst other cats. When a cat doesn’t trust you; especially an adult-cat, it will either hiss and strike with its paw or run away.
If you’re a cat lover, the first thing to understand is, adopt a cat when they are babies, as small as possible. If you want a docile animal, make it depend on you! This is how to have the greatest house cat in the world and this is not 100% dependable.
The adopter must be like the mommy or daddy in this case, giving the meowing kitten its warmth, and milk on a daily basis, etc. If you have male and female kittens, have them spaded before they become a year old, if not, you’ll more kittens on your hands and this may become a problem for your household.
A cat must earn your trust, cats are not like dogs. No, they are definitely not! That’s why and as I mentioned before, you will not choose a cat, a cat may well choose you and then allow itself to be your constant companion. But if a cat is not happy with its environment, it will easily runaway. Trust me, they will!
With the growing prosperity of China, many people have learnt to understand and have animals as companions. Like dogs, cats are no exception to this rule. It definitely teaches children how to love others and be more humane. When we give love, I do believe, we receive a wealth of love from these animals; especially the cats we have in our lives. Well treated a cat can live on average of 12 years. It’s one-human year to seven-cat years.
Now, I was talking to Xiao Xiao on Fengfu Lu and she has a cat store on number 142, here in Nanjing. And she has been working with cats for over 10 years. In her thoughts, other than being a cat-lover herself is that cats are great pets for working people and most are independent.
There are naturally different species of cats, those who are naturally part of the Asian environment and others whom are foreign to China.
When you raise a cat, you pick them according to your personality, their species and even behaviors. Before choosing a cat, first and a must, have a stable home. Choose a cat by walking around a pet store and seeing which one applies to your personality. According to, if you’re playful, active, serious, lazy, loving, moody or shy; cats manifest all these traits if you observe them carefully.
One of my main reasons for me to love cats is this simple truth. I love animals you have to earn their trust and respect. Just like humans, right! Cats are the same way and better, because they make us love them, even when they don’t necessarily love us.