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dommycob 03-31-2013 06:20 PM

someone please explain a cat to me...
I don't understand cats. They're not herd or pack animals and yet they enjoy being around other cats and humans. My cat is a strange little thing.We have two, magic, mine, and flame, my mums. Magic hates all cats except flame who she fights with all the time (sometimes play fighting) and cleans him ocasionaly. So first, if a cat does not live with other cats in the wild, how does my cat feel affection for a different cat? These two are brother and sister btw. My mums cat found a homeless kitten on the street (different story but the owner wouldn't let her back in their house and wasn't feeding her or anything so we took her to the vet after this and she wasn't microchipped or anything) and refused to come in for tea unless she came in as well, which we finally let her. Affection for a cat he's met once? This cat I called lyla and finally persauded my grandma to take her in. She wouldn't leave our door step after my mum gave her some food which she gobbled down and threw up again poor thing. The next day I woke up to find her purring walking on my face. My mum had let her in because it was pouring with rain again. My bedroom is up three flights of stairs so she must be very smart to find me!! This day she used one of my cats two litter trays without encouagemeant or anything! Then magic used it. What? Magic had never used it before, no matter how hard we tried to train her because she was prone to cysitis and just weed on the floor. But she used it after seeing lyla use it! Through these 3 days lyla followed me around like a sheep, tail up.... But waggling(still does that -_-) and purring really loudly... This was 2011 boxing day when we found her and three days later gave her to my grandma who still has her. Whenever I go to visit my grandma now, lyla won't leave my side, sleeps on my bed, runs to me at the sound of my voice and she respects me. Yes, she respects me! Stops ripping up the carpet when I say 'No.' , doesn't climb up the curtains when I'm around and won't eat things off the table if I tell her not to, things she doesn't listen to with my grandma. Once again, cats ARE NOT pack animals, how can she feel affection for me!? Last case... Magic seems to like me more than my mum. I sometimes feed them and I 'muck them out'. I play with her as much as my mum does but when she wants company, she sits with me, whereever I am. At night, she comes into my room, gives a little mew and 'canters' up to my bed. I say hi and she come and sits with me and is all purry. When I allow it, she burrows down into the crook between my legs and tummy. Sometimes she'll stay like this all night if I don't move, otherwise she'll go and sit next to my pillow. She, also, perks up to the sound of my voice, something she doesn't do with my mum. Once again, magic, YOU ARE NOT MEANT TO FEEL AFFECTION FOR ME. Ok, so why do all these cats seem to like me so much when its not in their nature to like humans or other cats, why did my mums cat seem to care so much for lyla and do cats love and respect?
I was thinking maybe its something they get from their cousins the big cats? Or am I completly wrong and they do actually live together in the wild -_-?

Wow. What a novel I just wrote :P
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LadyDreamer 04-01-2013 01:39 PM

Cats are solitary pack animals. They don't team up and hunt in packs, but there is definitely safety in numbers. You may just see one solitary feral cat out hunting, but chances are, where he spends the night there will be several, if not many others.

Dogs were domesticated LONG before cats, and it has been said that cats actually domesticated themselves. Coming to man by their own choosing, for their own benefit. Humans were okay with them because of their resourcefulness and ability to hunt vermin.

If a cat likes you or likes something, there is no changing their mind. For their own reasons, they claim you, and when they decide this, they want very much for you to know. They do like and need affection, but only when they want it. An if they feel YOU need affection, good luck shoving them away. Your cat really liked this kitten. And this kitten really seem to like you. Cats are among the best at knowing when they come from a bad place to a good one, and are good at showing their gratitude. When they want to. Lol.

If these were my cats, I would come up with some wild story. What if this kitten is "the chosen one" of the local cat society and your cat was charged with the grand duty of keeping him safe? What if the fate of the world depended on this one little kitten and his protector and new family?

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dommycob 04-04-2013 09:44 AM

I thought cats lived alone! That's interesting:) and lol! I came up with lyla being flames long-lost sisiter :P
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dommycob 04-04-2013 09:45 AM

But then, I don't sound as creative as you :P
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deserthorsewoman 04-04-2013 09:59 AM

They don't live alone if they can help it. I'm sure you know of cat colonies.
Many many years ago, I lived in a tiny town, out in the middle of nowhere. Bunch of farms. They have cats, of course. Every evening on the way home I saw cats coming out of the farm yards, heading in the same direction. So I followed. They met. Obviously for a kitty committee meeting. Would just sit...groom themselves, some closer, some with more distance to the others. Just sit. Then they left, different directions, to go about their business.
I think cats are wonderful and amazing creatures. AND, they usually find me;-)

dommycob 04-04-2013 10:05 AM

Strange! Never seen that kind of thing before O-O
And as for the cats finding you, maybe YOU are the one :wink:
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deserthorsewoman 04-04-2013 10:13 AM

I guess:-)
I user to rent a barn in a big equestrian center. Fed my barn kitties in my tack room. Due to restructuring I had to switch barns. Now I kept feeding them in the old place, but also the new one. Three days, no cat showed up. Day four, I look outside and here they come...all five, one behind the other, tails straight up, and never went back.

Allison Finch 04-04-2013 10:13 AM

I used to think that cats were prone to be solitary (unlike lions, of course). However, my sister (who is a vet) told me that feral domestic cats often live communally. Once, while on night shift, I was driving down the road in the wee hours, I saw approx 25 feral cats running across the road in front of me. These cats were all together. So, now I believe her about the colonies.

dommycob 04-04-2013 10:18 AM

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nvr2many 04-04-2013 11:08 AM

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