Social Behavioural Facts About Kitties

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Are cats social animals or solitary ones? The answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Cats do like to socialise with other cats and humans but also are solitary creatures. Here are some interesting facts on cat behaviour.
Sudhersena

  • Cats cannot be intimidated into obedience. They will obey if they want to.
  • Cats, unlike dogs, are not pack animals and peer pressure does not apply to them.
  • Cats are territorial and will defend their favourite spot if another cat approaches.
  • Cats do not like confrontation and will seek to avoid it.
  • Cats do not use their dominant status to control each other.
  • Socialised kittens are less aggressive, friendly and more outgoing.
  • Social play for kittens begins at 4 weeks and will taper off at 12–14 weeks. Social play involves biting, chasing, and fighting with other kittens.
  • Kittens handled extensively by people at 2–7 weeks of age will be better socialised and less fearful.
  • Familiarise them with daily noises like television, vaccum cleaner, radio, etc.
  • Introduce them to strangers, children, other pets (under your close supervision).
  • Touch and handle your kitty frequently.
  • It is important that kittens stay with their mother and other siblings till they are at least 12 weeks of age. This would help them learn better kitty etiquette and prepare them for adulthood.

A socialised kitty is a happy kitty!
(Sudhersena is volunteer at the Blue Cross since 1998 and an avid animal lover, pet parent of nine cats and three dogs. She is associated with a number of animal welfare campaigns and programmes).

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