Cats are not sociable animals like dogs. By nature, cats are solitary animals. Before domestication, cats have exis-ted in the wild…hunting and living alone. Domestication has somehow altered the cats’ solitary nature. Domestic cats have learned to live together. In a multi-cat household cats live together peacefully. Cats though have different personalities. While some female cats would get along harmoniously with other female cats others would test the owner’s patience as some female cats would constantly be at each other’s throat.
Cats have a natural inclination to live on their own. It appears that cats do not need the company of other cats. In the wild, cats would only seek each other’s company during the mating season. In suburban areas, stray cats would also congregate in back alleys. However, not much interaction will be noticed. Cats would stay in groups and simply stare at each other as if there is a silent conference going on. However, there is a noticeable difference between male to male cat interactions as compared to female to female cat interaction.
During the mating season, cats would congregate. However, after the task of male cats to procreate is done, these toms would pack their bags and go on their own way. It appears that female cats are less inclined to stay alone. In feral colonies, a female cat tends to form an alliance with other female cats. These female cats would stay together and form a feline society where the members will share with all the responsibilities. Female cats would groom each other and help each other in rearing the young. While some of the momma cats are hunting, other cats would have the responsibility of suckling the kittens. This practice of cross nursing is a clear sign that female cats form strong bonds with each other. Aside from grooming each other, these cats would play, eat and sleep together as well.
Environment and living conditions of domestic cats vary from the living condition of stray cats. Pet parents are lucky if the pets are female cat power advocates. It would be ideal if these domestic she-cats would also form an alliance with the other female cats. Unfortunately, while the introduction of a male cat is usually accepted by the female resident cat, the arrival of another female cat may not sit well on the resident female cat. In the same household domestic female cats do not always get along. The introduction of a new cat will be viewed by the other cat as a threat to the food supply and an intrusion to its territory. A male cat will be tolerated especially during mating season but another female cat will be viewed by the female pet as a rival. Tense situations and cat fights can ensue if the cats would not accept each other. This kind of rivalry would be avoided if the female cats were brought in at the same time while still young. Growing together, the cats would learn to accept the presence of each other. Older female cats though can be made to accept each other. Adult female cats can still be made to tolerate each other amicably. These cats can be made to get along well. The owner has to make sure that the pets are slowly and carefully introduced. It certainly wouldn’t do to allow the newcomer free access inside the home especially in the area which was claimed by the old pet as its territory. The pets must be separated, at least during the first few days. They should be allowed to interact only when both are not manifesting aggression. One more important thing: Do not let the old pet see that the new cat is getting all the family’s attention. An old pet that feels neglected will surely see the other pet as an enemy.