Do cats form friendships with other cats?
I’ve seen feral cats hanging together, but it’s rather rare. Mostly, stray cats can be seen roaming the streets on their own. Can cats friend other cats? Sure they can, and sometimes they do, but that depends on the circumstances.
Age and gender
Do cats make friends with other cats? Sure, but that depends on the situation. A grown cat is more likely to friend a kitten than another grown cat. Two kittens raised together are more likely to make friends with each other than two grown cats. A neutered female cat is more likely to make friends with a male cat.
Ever heard the term ‘opposite attract?’ It often doesn’t apply to cats (and I doubt it applies to humans). I had two cats. One was a huge, tough cat who loved to play rough, and the other was a princess of a cat, very delicate, who couldn’t stand roughhousing. Needless to say, they didn’t get along very well.
Two cats who are playful will have fun together. Two cats who are gentle will feel safe around each other. Can cats make friends with other cats who have a different personality? That can happen. My two cats did like each other. But it’s more likely for cats to from friendships with cats who are more like them.
Some circumstances ruin any chance of cats being friends. Jealousy, for instance. My cat, Angel, was a very jealous cat and very possessive of me. He turned on my other cat when I petted her.
My Hazelnut was the first cat, and when Amiga and Princessa got in, she saw them as intruders. She had hissed at them and had tried driving them out, which didn’t work. But they learned to hate her because of the way she’d treated them. Disputes over territory can make cats hate each other, and there’s no chance of forming friendships this way.
Do cats make friends with other cats in a colony?
Just because a colony of cats hang together in the same yard doesn’t mean they’re friends with each other. They’re just together because there’s food in the area. They’re together out of convenience. They don’t hunt together or hang around each other, except for mealtimes.
Of course, two cats from the same colony can make friends with each other. But a colony of cats isn’t like a pack of wolves. They don’t share their food or do things together, and they don’t have an alpha or any social structure. Mostly, they ignore each other. They don’t play together, and one cat doesn’t let another cat get too close, or she’ll hiss.
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