Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

What do cats think of us?

| February 11, 2014

Dogs know people are different than them. They change their behavior when they’re around humans.

Mike is owned by Amy Williams, a Panther Expedite owner-operator. “He greets all the customers we visit,” writes Williams. “Motorists point at him and tell us how cute he is.”
Mike is owned by Amy Williams, a Panther Expedite owner-operator. “He greets all the customers we visit,” writes Williams. “Motorists point at him and tell us how cute he is.”

Cats, on the other hand – well, there’s no evidence to suggest that they think we’re anything other than a big version of themselves. At least that’s what cat expert John Bradshaw says in an interview with National Geographic.

He also covers these points:

  • Cats outnumber dogs 3:1 worldwide.
  • How cats interact with humans, such as rubbing around our legs, is also how they interact with other cats.
  • Owners rarely realize how stressed their cats can be, often from conflicts with other cats.
  • Like a child, they learn what behavior (such as a yowl) elicits behavior (such as feeding) from a member of the household.
  • Cats can be trained.

Cats generally aren’t as social with their owners as most dogs, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of truckers from having them as pets and taking them on the road. You can view the cats voted as readers favorites in Overdrive’s recent Most Loved Pets contest, and read comments from the owners. Photos of five of them are below.

 

 

 

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  • jaebsf

    Is their a littler box in the truck for a cat? As a cat keeper I wonder how that would work. And I’m impressed general speaking cats are not good travlers.

  • Truckerslife.weebly.com

    Cats are great travelers. It takes them a little while to get used to the new environment, but eventually just they love it. They jump all around the truck and sleep on the dashboard while you are driving. They love to look out the window, but most of all the love being with their owner all the time.

    You need to keep a litter box on the truck and one of the best places I found to keep one is to velcro it to the top bunk. This causes the litter to catch on the base of the top bunk and any smell to waft upwards. It is also out of the way so you don’t trip over it.

    Other places I have seen people keep litter boxes is on the floor next to the bed or concealed within on of the cabinets.

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