Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. ~ James Herriot ~
We love all sorts of animals. We’ve always had at least one or two dogs, cats, birds and even fish in our home. At one time we had two dogs, three cats, a canary, two cockatiels and a beta fish as part of our family.
We decided to only have cats when we moved to Panama because they don’t require as much attention as dogs do. Japanese scientists have recently found that cats can differentiate their owners’ voices from those of other people – suggesting that they do pay attention when spoken to. When cats detect a familiar voice their pupils dilate signaling emotions such as excitement and they move their heads and/or ears nearer the person who is speaking to them.
Dos Gatos are very social animals, quite different from any cats that we’ve had before. They greet people at the door and react when they hear any noise outside. Friends have told us that when we’re not here they guard the house; sitting on their window perch to say hello.
Perhaps it is in their nature; perhaps it’s because of how much time we spend with them; perhaps it’s because they know where the fresh tuna comes from. What we do know is that they are definitely characters always looking for something to get into and life in the campo would be very different without them.