Life With The Cat

Felines are skillful, solitary predators: each occupies its own hunting territory, enough to secure water and food in all the seasons and have a safe haven for its offspring. The solitude is interrupted only during the mating season, when the male stays with the female for several days.

The cat, like most felines, tends to settle permanently in a given terrirory, defending its property from intruders.

The bond with this territory is exclusive, old and profound, to such an extent that the cat is often accused to be more attached to the houe itself, than those who live in it. When you think about it as solitary hunter, whose survival depends solely on its skill and the amount of existing prey on its territory, it doesn't seem so strange that the tiny cat prioritises territory over friendship. This contrary the dog, which, unlike the cat, is a social predator that lives and hunts in groups and has a stronger bond to the pack than to the territory.

Life with humans, though, allowed the cat to develop a clearly more gregarious nature than its wild ancestors. In rural areas, cats living in a fixed place, but outside direct control by man, tend to gather in small matriarchal cores, made up of related adult females, their kittens, young cats and one or more males. Like with lioness prides, foreign animals are driven out, somewhat of a tolerance for male adults who are potential mates existing though.

A cat doesn't always give up its solitude willingly, but it makes a virtue of socialization: indoors it becomes attached to humans, often offering them cute evidence of affection and accepting, sometimes with pleasure, the presence of other cats, dogs or othe animals.