I know there are some members who are friends IRL, or even related, but they are in the minority. Since I joined I have met a few members in person, as there are occasional meet-ups organised. But I guess that you become more attuned to those of the same age, or the same number of cats, or the same problems, or just because you like the way they post and present themselves. I can say that there are so many people here that it is certainly possible to make friends, and if you manage to eventually meet, that is a bonus but not essential for the friendship! And it is great to get to read posts from people all over the world, not just about their cats, but their opinions on a variety of subjects.