Anyone that read the Twilight series will understand the concept of imprinting, for the 3 or 4 of you out there that didn't, it is a kind of "love at first sight" ideal that animals experience. We know that many animals mate for life... though it also can apply to newborn animals and there mothers. I think that often pets, especially rescue animals imprint on their owners...in a maternal way.
I adopted my cat from a rescue place 2 years ago this month. Within hours of bringing him home, after a little time under the couch, he was on my lap and cuddling. I thought, lucky me, what an affectionate cat! He had not shown any signs of that in the brief time I had seen him before adopting, if anything he'd been aloof, though he did let me pet him, which now I realize was no small thing. I found him online searching for declawed rescues, his story... he was found abandoned in a hotel room... sealed the deal. Meeting him before was just a formality, unless he had attacked me I was taking him home.
I soon discovered that he will not let anyone else touch him. Even people he should be use to, like my upstairs neighbor who feeds him when I travel. He will sniff her hand but recoils from her touch. The way he is with me, (see him above sleeping on my lap) and the way he is with anyone else is really like night and day!
My parents have a rescue dog and I was just there, visiting for over a week. She barks quite viciously at me whenever they are around. Either when I enter the house or a room. However, if they are not home, she is much less aggressive... I think it is a combination of protectiveness and jealousy. Like she might be with a favorite toy if you got too close.
Has anyone experienced this with their pet(s) and are they a rescue? Someone told me it is less likely to happen with an animal you raised from puppy/kitten etc... which I find interesting. After returning from trip on Saturday, my cat has barely left my side, you would think I had risen from the dead. I have had a lot of pets in my time but never one quite so attached. Not complaining... just curious if others have experienced this.