Sunday, 30 August 2015

Success Story - Roger, Galilee, Venus and Garbine

We thought we’d share this lovely tale of four cats Garbine, Venus, Roger and Galiliee. These four came into the centre this month after the farm they lived on was sold which left them homeless. These four were very friendly, affectionate, sociable cats so they could leave farm life and go into warm cosy homes.


Garbine liked to sunbathe a lot on the farm as a result she sadly lost her ears due to the sun damage. Her new look didn’t worry her. After spending a few weeks with us seeing our vet and waiting for someone to choose them, they found their perfect home. Not one but all four of them, which doesn’t happen very often. We have already had news on how they are getting on; we would like to thank their owners for giving all four of them a loving home and for getting in touch with us….
I thought you'd like to see how Roger, Galilee, Venus and Garbine are getting on. As you can see they are all very happy to be together, they often clean each other and share their beds! It's almost as if they have all remembered each other and are delighted to be reunited. They haven't gone outside yet, they are still exploring the house, which they all seem to be enjoying very much! They're eating very well, particularly Venus, she's definitely into her food. But the others too never leave anything in their dishes. They particularly like the little tins of Gourmet Gold.”

Cats Living Together

Domestic cats are similar to the Africian wildcat in that they still have an inherent desire to be solitary hunters and maintain a territory. However, they can live well together in circumstances when…
-       They perceive each other to be in the same social group and
-       There are sufficient resources provided for them to avoid competition.

While some cats can form very strong social bonds, sometimes cats living in the household do not perceive each other to be in the same social group.

-       Some cats will “block” access to food, water and litter trays from other cats they live with. This is done very subtly so owners often do not notice and it can be very stressful for the affected cat.

-       Some cats operate a more tolerant “time share” system where one cat may use a particular area in the morning and the other will then use that area in the afternoon, for example

-       Others may live separately in a particular area of the house. For example, one cat may live upstairs, while the other cat lives downstairs.  

Same social group?
Signs of aggression and conflict are not the only way to tell that cats are in different social groups. The signs can be subtle, so you need to look for the positive signs of social interaction.

Cats are in the same social group if they sleep touching each other and spend time rubbing and grooming each other, sharing and reinforcing their common scent. There is nothing more endearing that seeing two cats choosing to cuddle up with one another.

If you have more than two cats, you may find you have more than two social groups – in fact it is quite possible to have six cats and five or six social groups within them. This is more likely to happen if they were introduced as adults, were forced to interact too quickly and given insufficient resources. Even sibling cats may not necessarily remain in the same social group and may drift apart as they approach social maturity between 18 months and 4 years of age.

Resource placement
Cats in one social group are best provided with separate food, water and litter trays from cats which are in a different social group. Place these in a different part of the home. In fact, it may even be a good idea to feed cats in the same social group in different areas to reduce the risk of relationship breakdown.


Important resources for cats 
-       Food and water. Cats like to drink away from where they eat, so place the food and water bowls in separate areas sited away from the litter tray.

-       Somewhere to hide. It is very important for cats to have somewhere to hide – for example a cardboard box in its side or under the bed.

-       A viewing platform. Cats love to view their surroundings from a height. You could offer access to high spots for example shelves, on top of a wardrobe or window sills. Ensure easy access by placing a stool nearby.

-       Somewhere to sleep – igloo beds, cardboard box, blankets in elevated places

-       A scratching post – try placing this near to where the cat sleeps as they often like to stretch and scratch after they wake up

-       Litter tray – placed away from food and water bowls. (SOURCE: Cats Protection)
By providing plenty of resources for each cat, many cats will live together in harmony. 

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