As humans, having cats as pets they are expected to adapt to human lifestyle and living conditions, forgetting the fact that houses are not their natural environment. Cats, as do all animals, behave the way they do since it is in their nature, despite the opinion of some behaviors being inappropriate. A cat has no concept of what is deemed right or wrong. A cat has to be able to understand what is desired for them to do or not to do in order to live a contented life in human surroundings. Part of the way a cat learns to understand a human is by humans understanding them and why they do what they do. Communication and understanding is the key to living in harmony with a house cat.
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Humans are basically viewed by cats as neither a predator nor prey and have found a comfortable existence on the edge and within the lives of humans.
Since the domestication of cats, cats have coexisted with humans as either loving cherished pets or as tolerated as half-wild feral cats living outdoors in close proximity to human communities.
As stated in Budiansky (2001): Cats have spread all over the world in the company of man faster than man himself ever did, all the while keeping one foot in the jungle. Cats are the least tamed and the most successful of domestic species, the least altered within but the most changed in circumstance without. (p.2)
Cats kept as pets are dependent on their human providers for food, water and shelter. Feral cats are domestic cats that have reverted back to living as wild animals having to hunt and scavenge for food and water and seek shelter on the outskirts of human homes and are sometimes considered local wildlife, just as squirrels, birds, raccoons and other assorted indigenous creatures are.
The colonization of feral cats demonstrates the ability and ease of domestic cats to revert to the wild state of the species. Not all...