Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cat Training And Cat Behavior

Cat Training And Cat Behavior – Will Cat Problems Be Solved
By Martin Marks

The cat's probable social behavior varies extremely from
ferociously self-determining to compatibly outgoing with other
felines. According to a few professionals a cat's social
qualities are “in evolution” from self-dependent to mutually

In reality, a cat's behavior and resultant societal relations
with other cats are dependent on factors such as population
density of neighborhood cats, premature knowledge and the amount
of food available in the vicinity.

Variation In The Population Density And Grouping Dynamics:

The family cat is a solitary seeker. It requires a large area
to catch adequate prey, while scrounging for itself and it will
protect that area from other cats too. From a study, it is
revealed that a vicinity of sq mile (1 sq km) will sustain
nearly five cats in the agricultural areas of Europe, North
America and Australasia.

Altering circumstances such as new felines, absence of few cats
or new people greatly affects the social dynamics of cats.
Social acquaintances generally develop between females and
kittens, and rarely by adult males in a characteristic assembly
of tamed cats, who stay with humans. Cats settle differences
normally by visual contact or occasionally by a swipe of its paw
once, there is friendliness amongst cats residing in the same

When two cats meet up suddenly, the cat that has a higher
status is generally the superior at that time. However, it might
not be the same during the next meeting. Odor and well-being
also affects the status of a cat. When a cat comes home after
undergoing treatment at a hospital for some medical issue,
sometimes a healthy household cat attacks it. Once a status is
formed in a multi cat home, however differences are rare.

Behavioral Changes Caused By Food:

When food is available in plenty, social relations increase
because the reasons for fighting decrease. Sparsely distributed
hunting cats exhibit defensive gestures rather than social while
well-fed cats in neighborhood areas usually exhibit outgoing
social interactions. Household cats are the friendliest, since
food is aplenty at home.

The Importance Of Family And Matriarchy:

One should not expect a household cat to be pleased with the
arrival of a new feline just because it gets plentiful food and
it has a very easy life. It is nearly impossible. Cats can get
along with one another only, if they share a blood relationship.

The other important thing is early castration. Although untamed
male cats make very less social relations than females, neutered
male cats make the same number of social contacts as neutered
female cats. Neutering improves male feline relationships

The cat family is mostly matriarchal. Untamed cat population
generally contains four or more blood-related feline
generations. The most frequent social communication amongst
females is licking rather than rubbing.

The mother, grandmother, sisters and other female members
remove the male kittens from the colony as soon as they mature
and exhibit rough play behavior. These males accompany other
males, who generally hover around and prevent any unrelated male
from coming near.

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