Do cats like other cats?

Do cats like other cats? Being pack animals, dogs would want other dogs for company. Unlike dogs that generally live with the pack, cats in the wild would hunt and live ALONE! Cats don’t really need other cats to live happily. Before domestication cats were once thought to be solitary animals. In the wild, cats are not inclined to stay in groups as any other cat would be a competitor especially during the times when food is scarce. Domestication has made a significant change on how cats treat each other. Cats are not sociable by nature thus some individuals would growl their protest if made to live with other cats. Others though would accept and be thankful of the company. So do cats like other cats? While some cats would not appreciate the introduction of another pet, cats generally like to have other cats around.

Cats really do not need other cat’s company as by nature cats are not sociable animals. However, contrary to the common belief, cats are not always solitary animals. Cats in the wild would congregate especially during mating season. Female cats also tend to stay in group while rearing the young. Both male and female feral cats would stay in groups and frequent back alleys. However, these cats would not be seen playing with each other. Although cats congregate in one spot, the cats would typically sit apart and stare at each other. Despite this normal kind of setting some cats would show friendly overtures to other cats. These cats definitely like other cats.

Cats make lovable pets and one cat would never be enough for a cat lover. However, the pet’s solitary nature can get in the way and prevent the pet owner from taking home another cat. A cat owner that is away from home all day would want to get another cat that would keep the pet company. The good intentions of the pet owner can backfire. Not all cats would appreciate the presence of another cat in what is considered as its territory. Introduction of another pet can result to a lot of hissing, spitting and pawing. A pet owner would be lucky if the new cat and the resident pet cat would instantly hit it off once introduced. However, this ideal situation is not always possible given the fact that cats have different personalities. Some cat owners would not be as lucky as the addition of another cat to the household would break the usually peaceful and harmonious atmosphere. A cat owner would therefore need to know the natural inclination of the pet. By exposing the pet to other cats in grooming parlors or in the vet’s office, the pet owner would know if the cat is friendly or if it does not have even one sociable bone in its body and would be best to be a solitary pet. If the pet does not like other cats, the owner should not lose hope. Peace in the home front can still be achieved without taking the drastic option of leaving one of the pets in an animal shelter. The cat that would rather be on its own can be enticed to like the newcomer.

There may be no congeniality award in a feline beauty pageant but this is not to say that it is impossible for cats to exist peacefully in one household. The old pet may not be especially effusive in welcoming the new pet but once properly introduced by the owner, the pets would grow to like each other. Soon enough, the cats would eat and sleep together. The pets would also groom each other. Who would ever say that cats do not like other cats?

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