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Cat Facts : Social Behavior and Interaction

| February 22, 2011
Social Behavior and Interaction

Cats are well known and loved for their independence and self-absorbed nature. When they do pay us some attention, we usually feel quite special. A cat that rolls over on its back and asks for a belly scratch should be rewarded with affection.

The following cat facts on social behavior and interaction should help you better understand your pet. Cat behavior is largely misunderstood, even by experienced cat owners. I hope you find this helpful.

Cats are well known and loved for their independence and self-absorbed nature. When they do pay us some attention, we usually feel quite special. A cat that rolls over on its back and asks for a belly scratch should be rewarded with affection.

Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? I do, all the time. I wonder why cats do what they do. Cats are a mystery, but a lot of their behavior can be understood if you know the reasons behind it.

As pet owners, one of our tasks is to learn how to better care for our cats. Below is a list of interesting cat facts that may help bring you and your little cat buddy closer together.

1. I want to be alone. Cats are not pack animals. Cats who are forced to live closer to other cats than they normally would will tend to time share their territory.

2. If your cat is social, he got his genetic predisposition to be so mostly from his father, and his learned social behavior from his mother.

3. When a kitten is between two and seven weeks old is the most important time to instill proper socialization.

4. When recovering from a trauma, such as a car accident, cats can go through a second socialization process. This can sometimes result in the cat becoming more social after the fact. In other cases, felines can become withdrawn after experiencing trauma.

5. Domestic cats have a limited set of body language skills. This is because their ancestors were solitary animals.

6. Cats make up for limited body language in social settings in a number of ways. One of those ways is to scent everything; another is to be stealthy and fast!

7. Your cat will leave her mark by rubbing her scent glands all over her territory. She’ll also rub it on you and other animals in the house, creating a communal scent and indicating that these animals are part of her social group.

8. When you scratch your cat’s back, you’ll notice that she will raise her back end up so as to better scent your hand. She’ll also very often stiffen her tail while keeping it bent.

9. A tail held vertically is a greeting, and an indication of happiness. If you had a tail, your cat would probably appreciate it since he’d better understand your mood.

10. Curled up front paws with the claws retracted mean that your cat feels safe and comfortable. Back feet extended out also indicate a relaxed posture.

My hope is that at least some of these cat facts surprise you a little. At the very least I hope you enjoyed reading them. If you read into things a bit, this information will allow you to better understand your cat.

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Category: Feline Behaviour, Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources

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