Cat Social Behavior

cat social behavior

So, is your Siamese social or asocial? In cat social behavior, cats have been considered antisocial in nature but this is not true. Both domestic and feral (untamed) cats have been known to live in groups. Barn cats typically live in a colony, as do alley cats and cats living together in abandoned buildings. The biggest difference is that cats can live alone as well as in groups. This is not true for humans and dogs. Dogs are social creatures that live in packs and their survival depends on a hierarchy of order. It is for this reason that dogs blend in well in human society. Its is also for this reason why "cat people" love the aloof behavior of cats, and when they grace us with their presence we feel very honored. 

The degree of cat social behavior depends on your cat. My first Siamese, “Pudge” was very social to humans, as Siamese tend to be very close to their people, they are a very people orientated cats in general. But Pudge had nothing to do with the other cats in the house. She was my first cat and she would have been contented being the only cat. Though it seemed difficult at the beginning introducing new cats to the home, she soon learned to co-exist with the others. I am a strong believer in multi-cat homes. In a multi-cat home you may have some cats that just get along better with the other cats, and some that seem to not socialize so much…that’s OK! Play with them, pet them, love them, and they will all be content and happy. 

Cat hierarchy

Kittens brought up with other kittens tend to be more social. My two younger cats thoroughly enjoy each other’s company; I often wake up in the morning to see them curled up with each other on my bed, and they play together all day. My two older cats join in during play from time to time, but they mostly keep to themselves. Introducing a new cat to the house is a subject I will cover separately, this is a very important because cats are very territorial by nature, and it is easy to upset that balance. Thank goodness cats are smart and adaptable.

Within a social group of cats there is an establishment of a dominance-subordinate cat hierarchy. This type of order is created to minimize fighting and possible injuries. Cats by nature do not like to fight and attempt to avoid any type of confrontations. In establishing this cat hierarchy, there may be skirmishes and aggressive behavior in the beginning, but in the long run there is less fighting because the cats within a group will recognize and accept positions in the system. So in cat social behavior cats do establish a social hierarchy.

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