Feral cats survive independently without human help in groups, sometimes forming colonies with related members.
Pets can mourn the loss of a friend, showing they value companionship.
Cats aren’t natural pack animals, but they adjust behaviour in groups, especially with familiar animals and enough food.
Feral cats create strong bonds with their mother and littermates.
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Pack animals live and work together, hunting and protecting as a group, with intricate social structures.
Wolves are commonly known as pack animals, exhibiting complex social hierarchies and cooperative hunting.
Some scientists argue that dogs don’t fit this category as they don’t hunt together or share in raising puppies.
Cats are not pack animals
Feral cat colonies have adapted their social interactions to suit group living.
Typically, these colonies are led by queens (female cats) and their kittens.
Adult male cats are often excluded once they reach maturity, some lingering around the edges of the group.
Kittens in these colonies usually have minimal contact with their biological fathers.
Unrelated males near these groups are often seen as suspicious, and the success of these colonies depends on familiarity among members and sufficient food availability.
Cats in colonies still hunt alone; they don’t collaborate to catch prey like some other animals do.
When food becomes scarce for a long time, colony cats might go their separate ways.
Genetically, there’s no big difference between feral cats and pet cats—they’re all part of the Felis cactus genus.
Many feral cats are descendants of abandoned pets, showcasing the adaptability of the Felis catus species.
Cats can thrive living alone, in groups, or even with a few companions, but they generally prefer to hunt solo.
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This article was compiled with the help of Artificial Intelligence