Cats are known to be solitary animals. They do not hunt in groups or do not share the spoils of a hunt. Cats that have adjacent territories will together for a fun night session toilet, but basically, they are not the most sociable creatures with others of their species. The general belief does not always seem justified.
For example, my barn cats are one family descended from a solitary female which was introduced in our house and decided to stay. She, her children and grandchildren control the local population of rodents. Their behavior is not always that of solitary hunter popular belief.
The original female, Patch, like usual take her kittens daily trips around the house. It is interesting to observe the behavior of cats and especially their mothers with their offspring. One night, I watched him stop and sit near the edge of a narrow and very few attended from near our farm. Two of her kittens stopped beside her. As she turned her head to one side then the other, peering closely at the passage, kittens imitated his actions. The only one who did not was the little orange tabby who was distracted by a butterfly, but Patch, this little kitten inattentive recovered and brought the whole family at home. The walks are always kittens for a life lesson.
Patch I recently observed, his daughter and three of their kittens taking a walk around the boundaries of our farm. Patch and his daughter showed the way. The two youngest kittens were in the middle. The kitten older, who had less than a year, brought up the rear. When one of the younger kittens stopped too long, he tried to move forward. He could not do it, then one of the cats retraced his steps and was moving the little guy. I wondered what this meant little outing. Is it possible that patch showed the younger members of the family with their boundaries?
One of the most interesting behavior that I observed was related to the family members who were injured. One of the children of adult cat Patch is a black and white well built. A beautiful cat friendly, but which, unfortunately, has a knack of getting into trouble. One day, he came to sag heavily in the garden, moaning all the strength of his lungs. His mother and sisters were approached him as fast as they could. As he continued to cry, Patch began to wash his face and ears while her sisters slept on it. They stayed for a while and I called the vet and this protective attitude, these first tender loving care, I am sure, have certainly helped to feel better and get back in shape faster, also the vet did not have much to do to recover quickly on their feet.
Another child patch, a brown and white cat a little less than a year, found himself in a fight with the older of his brothers. During the fight, he hurt his leg and it began to swell. I found him limping on three legs the next morning. I took him under our porch where I could keep an eye on and where he could heal without aggravating the injury. While recuperating, various members of his family were perched on the windowsills of the porch to keep him company.
These are just some examples of what I saw with my cats. Maybe they unusual. I’ve certainly never seen cats do this before. Or maybe cats are not as socially isolated animals that everyone wants to believe.