Do Cats Feel Embarrassed?Published May 24, 2012
If you're considering the lion cut for cats, think again.
Some folks think cats are secretive and hide their emotions, most of the cat lovers I know strongly disagree. They will tell you that their kitties are extremely up front with their feelings.
This is usually the opinion of the keenly observant. Cats make it very apparent when they are happy, content, angry or frightened.
When they start moping around the house but are still eating, drinking and using their litter box normally, that behavior may be a sign they are feeling neglected or even depressed.
But I never considered that a cat could become embarrassed until I met a rather unusual kitty named Darla a few years ago. Darla, a domestic longhair kitty, sure taught me a thing or two about the wide range of emotions that cats can experience, some of them which we may never even think possible. IN her case, it was after getting the lion cut for cats.
Darla was brought to her veterinarian for her yearly physical exam and grooming by Patty, her human companion. Since Darla's coat was thick and tended to mat, with the heat of the summer approaching, Patty dropped Darla off at the clinic giving precise instructions to the technician about how she wanted Darla's belly shaved and nothing else. Off she went to work without a worry in the world thinking her beloved cat was in excellent hands.
At the end of the day, Patty returned to the clinic Darla was handed to her in her carrier. She paid the bill, and since she was in hurry to get home, did not open the carrier. When she arrived at her apartment and opened the carrier to let her somewhat upset cat free, Patty was shocked at what she saw.
Either not understanding her instructions or thinking she was doing her cat a favor, the groomer had taken it upon herself to shave the entire cat, giving Darla a lion cut for cats without Patty's permission. But Patty was not the only one who was stunned by the new 'do.
Upon her release from the carrier, Darla just happened to walk by a full length mirror in the living room and stared at her reflection. Upon seeing her image, she immediately dashed under the bed, refusing to come out, even though Patty tried everything in her "bag of tricks" to entice her.
Not only was Darla unhappy with her appearance, she refused to groom herself for several weeks. This was one embarrassed kitty with a lion cut for sure.
I think this little story proves that cats get embarrassed, don't you? Leave a comment to share any "unusual" emotions that your cats have expressed.