Cats are NOT solitary
- I have siamese cats, one in particular, who hangs all over me and insists on sleeping next to me at night. She looks at me with the doe eyes puts her paw on my face and hangs on to me like you would not believe. All she wants is to sleep next to me for comfort. Rosa
- —Guest Rosa
cats are (are not) solitary
- My cats are waiting at the door for me. My girls don't want me to leave. Penney sits on the shower mat so I have to step around her. Then the girls try every thing they can think of to trip me. So I will change my plans then I tell them you still want to eat next month. They finally stop an find a place to go to sleep till I walk out the door, then they all appear in the kitchen when I leave. When I get home at 11:25PM they are all at the door. Some times I can get in the door the last few hear my voice an run to the door. I have a few scarps from time to time. Because some one over pushed and the other was fast a sleep. Other wise every one gets a long. They are NOT loners like every one thinks. Mine are either Feral or barn cats. I am thinking it could be the person who is caring for them. I also have a ranch home so they have plenty of room. They are always on or near me for attention. We do head bumps you know what that means. I love them all but give every ONE what they want.
Take A Look At Jack
- Jack was born on Halloween in 2006. One of my sister's friends found him in a buch close to a road, near where his mommy had been run over. Next thing I know, we have a quiet and shy kitten living with us. Over time, Jack warmed up. Suddenly, he meowed when one of his owners wasn't there and ran around the house for a couple of hours when we got home. I really do love him. Today, I was on the computer when it was storming bad outside. Sure enough, Jack's scratching on the door. I let him in. He takes a comfy position, snuggled between my feet and the sides of the desk. Jack was completely different the first year of his life. He went from quiet and timid to playful and loving. All because he decided he loved us. =3
- —Guest Danii
We all form relationships to fill needs
- Although one can say that a cat shows affection in a calculating way, for the purpose getting something in return, we could say this about all animals and humans too. Human and Kanine social groups originally formed as a survival strategy, as together they could find food and shelter more effectively than solitarily. Members of the group could fulfill each others needs. Certainly the pet/petowner relationship is unique in that the two partners are of different species, but we definitely receive spiritual and emotional benefits from our cats in exchange for the relatively minor expense of feeding and caring for them. I don't think we should criticize cats on the basis that they enter into a relationship with the expectation of getting something out of it, as every human is guilty of this. It doesn't change how rewarding the relationship between cat and owner can be.
- —Guest Janis
Solitary vs Social
- All my experiences with cats are more social ones. It makes a difference though if you're an animal-lover, & I've been one my whole life. My current cat is about 2 yrs old. I found her at a Humane Society in 2007 which immediately when she saw me, she basically had chose me as the owner when I was looking for a new cat. She enjoys greeting others she's not particularly familiar with, & loves to play with anyone who will give her attention, or she'll entertain herself. If not in the house, she's around the neighbourhood visiting other people's pet dogs and cats. At other times, she'll typically sleep for hours. This is the first cat I've had who does not readily jump on your lap, unless you're eating something or drinking milk. Also, anyone ever tried feeding your cat it's food from your hand? I've done it & it makes a nice social interaction. I strongly believe cats are sociable. If you're someone who doesn't, I recommend you visit a shelter and find out for yourself.
- —Guest Becky
my little buddy
- I rescued my cat from the SPCA 3 years ago. She only had 3 legs and she was beautiful. When I walk in the door, she runs for me and cries until I pick her up. She sleeps between my husband I every night, and comes up on my pillow every morning. When I talk to her she meows back as if she is having her own little conversation. She follows me everywhere, and even sits outside the bathroom door while I shower. When I leave the house, my husband says she will cry and scratch at the door, sometimes for as long as half an hour. I know I spoil my cat, and I know some people think I am crazy, but I think she has more personality than most of the people I interact with on a daily basis. She's intelligent and adorable and she hates being alone. She is my shadow and I love her for it.
- —Guest Kmac
Solitary? Of course
- The cat is decended from the African Wildcat, a solitary animal. They hunt and live alone. Compare this to the highly intelligent and social wolf, Man's Best Friend. Cats live for food and warmth, not affection. It's not selfish, it's just instincts. Humans are warm, humans provide food. Without humans, they HATE humans. Feral cats are monsters. I am a dog person for this reason. Cats will never be affectionate.
- —Guest Olivia
Why cats are not solitary animals
- When I started feeding this young cat,I realized she had found a home. I brought her into our home and she was a very well behaved young cat. I named her Sophie, it fit her. Well, she was with kittens. Wow. Surprise. She had a hard time with labor, and we are now temporary parents of three beautiful kitten. Sophie is a good Mom, but her soul and mine are linked forever, I was the doc that saved the last kitten and her. I have health problems, and on bad days Sophie is by my side. If I move to another room she is there. We have a lot of energy in the house, We have found a good home for one of the kittens. My sister is taking one, we are keeping two, and Sophie is getting sprayed. I have a loyal friend for a lifetime. Cats live your livestyle. .
- —Guest purplegranny
my miracle cat
- I adopted Candi from a rescue group & noted she had a clipped ear; researched her family tree & learned she was born in a feral colony; was trapped, spayed, & returned to the colony despite bearing no feral characteristics. She spent a year in there, when she was rescued again. By all stats and research, cats can't spend more than 6 weeks in a feral colony w/o becoming feral themselves (I work w ferals now.) Yet this miracle bundle of unending love, was mistaken as feral for a year, beating all odds of domestication. Not only is she domesticated, I adopted her 5 yrs ago at age 5, immediately choosing each other as partners. As a rescue volunteer who's worked with hundreds of cats since then, Candi is the most loving cat I've ever encountered, w zero negative habits. She's a lover who lived the feral life, escaping unscathed, bursting w love for her partner, me. Statistically she beat all odds for me. Divine intervention put her w me as she has since saved me as I saved her.
Depends on the Cat's History
- Cats as humans have personalities that take shape depending on the environment they grew up in and their surroundings. If it's a feral, not used to humans, then obviously it will be very wary of humans. Even if a human provides them with food, they would obviously come to *eat* the food and not wanting to be cuddled. If it's a pet cat, then they are obviously attached to their owners and not necessarily be meanies who would come only when they want something from them.
I've Had Lovey-Dovey Cats
- I think that cat personality does depend on its human-cat relationship. My family has always had a love for animals and the animals can obviously sense this affection. Our first cat Buttons was so spoiled, lol. Everyday at the same time, she would wait in the window for us to come home from school/work and then follow us around all day. Though my mom wasn't a cat-lover from previous experiences, she grew to love Buttons. When we moved, she had kittens but only two brothers survived. When she left to wean them, they were basically like paper and glue..always together and either slept with us or together. Our last cat since then was Mickey...he was quite a character!! We got him as a kitten and I assume he was taken to early because he would still try to nurse on us (ie suck on our wrists or lick us.) He was very friendly, loved attention, and could sense our emotions. People who think that cats always keep to themselves obviously haven't had them before or don't show them love.
- —Guest Tiffany
- We live in a fifth wheel trailer with two cats - both have total different personalities, The female is right now head butting me because I'm typing and not paying attention to her. It has taken almost two years of patience to get her to this point, when we first got her she was afraid of everything she gets better with everyday. As we travel a lot both cats are leash trained and only go outside on leashes; they love it when the four of sit around outside. Our male cat is the hit of every park we go to as he walks on his leash and goes everywhere with my husband they take long walks together. He is a super friendly cat and will head for kids when ever they around. We don't find our two babies to be standoffish at all. Joe loves everyone and Smokie is more picky about who she loves but we know she loves us.
- —Guest Bnbnelson
Solitary? No way!
- Until 6 years ago, I never had any pets. Now I'm mommy to 4 cats (all rescue). I got twinkles 6 months after Precious, because I thought she needed company. Precious was only 10 months old and acted like Twinkles' mommy. They got along nicely and were always together. I didn't want anymore cats, but 4 years ago, I adopted Cassy & Cody (I just couldn't separate this brother & sister) at 6 weeks old. Precious & Twinkles acted like mommies to my new babies. My cats are very social and love attention and affection(lots of it). The follow me everywhere and stay wherever I am at all times: the bathroom (a bit annoying), home office, kitchen, bedroom (they all sleep in my bed with me), etc. The all greet me at the door when I get home from work. Not solitary at all!
- —Guest Sechie
I know my kitty loves me
- I have a male cat, Macio. I wake up every morning to him wrapped up completely around my head, he's almost like a pillow lol. Sure, he could be doing it for warmth but he lets me know when it's bedtime when he go lays at the foot of my side of the bed and meows at me until I lay down for him to commence the nightly cuddle session where he gets his fill of kneading and head butting . There is no way that he would prefer to be alone!
- —Guest Jessica
My cat loves attention
- My cat loves to follow me around my apartment and sleep with me at night. Even though I got him this past week, he (Sam)and I have bonded.
- —Guest Robert