Children Read To Shelter Cats To Soothe Them
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Also good for the kids. They encourage having slow readers read to the family pets. A dog will listen to a kid read a whole book one damn sssyl-la——-ble at a time, and it will never get frustrated, or correct their pronunciation, or start playing Angry Bird because it can’t stand listening to the slowness any more. The dog will look at the kid approvingly, because, human. Human is talking. Human is interacting.
So this is a great win-win.
i am a 26 year old man and this almost made me cry
This almost made me cry-
My late cat Pouncer loved to be read to. He wouldn’t leave the room unless I stopped.
And on his death bed I read him Alice in Wonderland, and he purred till he could purr no more
That’s ingenious - good for the kids and the cats (or dogs or pets in general!)
- Mod Dawes Sr.
Meow! This is so great! No matter what people say, any non-feral domestic cat craves human companionship! That’s why it seems like we’re always trying to get your attention, meow! Because we are! Even if it’s only one particular human, we do want to feel loved!
Being read to is a wonderful way for a cat to bond with a stranger! Cats are very sensitive to human voices, meow! It’s how we can identify humans from a distance, since humans are always changing their pelts, and scents take a while to travel! And we don’t have very good detail perception, so we can’t recognize faces! When you talk to us, your presence is much more powerful, meow!
But the main wonderfulness of this is the fact that as the constant vocalizations are acquainting a cat with said stranger, having the stranger’s hands and eyes occupied gives a shy cat the security to approach at their own pace, meow. Cats really don’t like being stared at, and nothing makes a shy cat more shy than having a hand come at them!
This method gives shy cats the chance to become more acquainted with human presence, thereby increasing their chance of adoption, meow! And it gives all the other cats a dose of that human companionship that they really crave, purr purr purr.
If you’re ever considering adding a pet to your family, always look at your local shelters! I’m a shelter kitty, you know!