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Interesting how cats always seem to find the one person at the party who is deathly allergic to them
hello, i know this is a joke post on the internet but: cat nerd here 2 infodump, cat lore under the cut--
People often don't seem to be aware of the messages they're sending with their body language when it comes to interacting with other species. Friendly/excited humans can come off as threatening, especially in groups; people tend to forget the size difference between cats and humans and not pay attention to their posture--leaning over a cat for example is easily interpreted as threatening, and lifting one off the ground can be frightening if the cat doesn't want to be held or isn't used to it. Even just the way you walk can change how they react; my mom gets sad when our lil' guy Sprocket runs away from her seemingly without cause, especially because he doesn't do that with me (I've been trying to explain that she's moving quickly and seems to not be mindful of how he will interpret her steps. In other words she's "walking too hard" lol--where in contrast I make an effort to step quietly around any potentially-spooked cats and move slowly&deliberately so they can tell what I'm doing.)
Also a general rule to greeting unfamiliar cats (tangentially related-) is to be quiet and still, try to make yourself smaller/shorter such as by sitting on the ground (unless they are on top of something that puts them at your height), and letting them approach you. With cats you're already friends with there's less formality required but before initiating interaction with any cat I tend to offer my hand so they can sniff it. Now that I think of it I'm not sure why I've always done that or where I got it from...It's heartwarming though, because sometimes instead of sniffing they'll rub their cheek against my hand and it's just the most lovely thing. (Unless you're allergic of course.)
I feel compelled to inform you of that time I laid flat on the cold stone floor of the garage for like five minutes to convince a feral I was not a threat to their breakfast. I just think it's funny.
Anyway. Basically, cats often choose who to approach (if anyone) depending on their body language and how that translates into cat-language. So if someone's avoiding a cat they can accidentally come off as the most appealing one here simply because they're keeping a distance. (Also if you're sitting away from the group, especially if you're curled up and stationary, that makes you prime cat magnet material.)
So basically if you want to repel surrounding cats try being big, loud, quick-moving, unpredictable, and staring at them. Or don't because that's rude/threatening but if the knowledge that that's what cats consider rude/threatening helps you in any way then here it is.
#infodump #...cats were my primary special interest for most of my life can u tell// #honestly half the time i read cat body language better than human body language #i like to think its an autistic mood #but given that i dont have an abundance of other autistic people to talk to i'm not sure if anyone else feels like that too haha #tag ramble #cats #anecdote #fallow buzzes #info #cat lore #lmao im just gonna make that a tag. yep #textpost #body language #mom #humans #social cues #but with cats!! #cats make social cues better #repour #op:ravioli25 notes
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan
Ivan Morris, 1969
[id: an image of black serif text (the kind that might be found in a printed book) on a white background. It reads,
"The humanist idea that the naked body can be a thing of aesthetic joy and significance is alien to the Japanese tradition; the female figure was never included in the contemporary cult of beauty. In Murasaki's case we find not merely indifference to the nude form but actual aversion. In her diary she describes the scene in which two maids-of-honour are robbed of their clothes in the middle of the night. At the sight of the poor naked ladies, their fellow attendants are thrown into pandemonium and rush about ineffectually like frightened barnyard fowl. When things have quieted down, Murasaki comments, 'Unfortunately horrible is the naked body. It really does not have the slightest charm.'²" end id.]