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The Social Nature of Cats

The social nature of cats:

A cat’s social nature can also be quite complex and a bit difficult for us to understand. Unlike humans and other animals, cats do not usually tend to be group animals. They are more prone to be private and solitary. However, this does not mean that cats cannot live with other cats or that they do not adapt well into a family. Cats do adapt well and much of their adaptation process is established while they are still kittens. They do fit into groups, but in a different way than we might think. Cats are somewhat selfish creatures. They are not pack animals by nature and, therefore, there is no pressure for them to comply with or obey the will of others. Cats like to rule their own lives. It may, then, seem somewhat difficult to train a cat and, in fact, most cats will only respond to training if what you are trying to get them to do is appealing to them.

However possessive cats might seem, there is something peculiar about their behavior: they will go to great lengths to avoid confrontation with other cats. There is no need among cats to establish dominance because, as already mentioned, they are not pack animals and therefore do not need to fight to set up a hierarchy. Most cats prefer to avoid each other in an effort to avoid any possible reason for confrontation. The only time they will fight will be to protect their territory, but not any further. And even when this happens, it is mostly only a spectacle of threats rather than an actual physical fight.

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