Have you ever noticed the striking similarity between dogs and toddlers or between teens and cats? I’m not talking appearances here, although my staffie does look rather like a stroppy toddler when she sulks. But just think about the mannerisms.
If you don’t believe me, here are a few short experiments that you can conduct at home to see for yourself.
Give a ball to a toddler and an identical ball to a dog. After five minutes, take both balls away and watch carefully.
Bottom lip out, temper tantrum. Walking back and forth to where you removed the ball from them. Stomping around, moping and eventually… forgetting about the ball and finding the next toy.
Give a bowl of spaghetti to a toddler and an identical bowl to the dog. Observe.
Face first into the spaghetti, tomato sauce flying everywhere. Considerable amounts end up on the wall and on the floor. This will be eaten too if you don’t manage to step in and stop them.
3. Going out
Call over a dog and a toddler and tell them you are going out. Sit back and study their reactions.
Running around in circles, desperately excited. Making unrecognisable squawking noises that somehow indicate that going out is the best thing that ever happened to them.
Now, fast forward approximately 12 years and replace the dog with a cat.
1. Taking instructions
Tell a teenager and a cat to leave a room. Now, just wait for them to spring into action.
Are you still waiting?
I suggest you give up and leave the room yourself. There are other rooms after all.
2. Making eye contact
Turn to your teenager and say, “You look beautiful today.” Now, say the same words to your cat. And behold;
Had you ever noticed how fascinating that bit of wall there was? Yes that one just there that they are staring at. No? Me neither. Now, wait for them to stop staring at it and make eye contact.
Okay let’s not go through that again, just leave the room.
Start a conversation with your teenager. Try using the words, “How was your day?” Turning to your cat, use the same phrase. Now wait.
Sighs. Shuffles slightly. Leaves the room.
At last! Experiment ends – and you can reclaim the room.
Have you noticed any other similarities between pets and people? Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about them!