3 March 2021

Cat Behavior – Why Do Cats Prefer to Be Alone?

By Nicole Walker

Cats are independent creatures that rarely live with their human companions. In most cases, a cat will live in its own territory and will not bother its master in the same way as dogs would. However, this does not mean that cats cannot be trained to do anything at all. A cat can learn how to fetch and how to follow simple commands such as ‘sit’ or ‘stay’. These are pretty basic skills that a cat will naturally pick up on as it grows up.

The domestic cat has been classified into two subspecies, the domestic cats Felis catus, the northern part of this species, and the southern part, Felis silvestris. The former is known as the wildcat and the latter as the domesticated Felis catus. Domestic cats are smaller than wildcats and weigh between eight and fifteen pounds. They are taller than the felis silvestris and weigh around twelve pounds. Domestic cats have also learned how to communicate with humans, though not to the degree that wildcats have been able to learn.

Over the years, cats have adapted to the natural conditions that helped them survive as felines. This means that cats will respond to changes in their environment by either hiding or attacking anything that threatens their existence. While this survival instinct is generally beneficial to cats, it has been a thorn in the side of humans who have tried to domesticate them and introduce them into their homes without the assistance of domesticated cats.