What is FYt? Do you have some website sources for the studies? I would like to follow up on the subject.
Yes the cats I observe are often more like a pride than like wholly hermit-like individuals, but females, for example, want to be completely solitary when they have their kittens, and won't let anyone -- and certainly not a male cat -- near them until the kittens are 3-4 weeks old if they are truly feral. They also do not naturally create prides as ferals. The fact that I have artificially created a pride atmosphere (with a few untraditional quirks) is acceptable to most of them, but I have lost a number of cats over the past three years because they couldn't stand being in a crowd. They often choose new caregivers who live near me, so that I actually see them from time to time, and they respond to me as if we had never parted. But they are decidely one-cat/one-household characters.
The others -- well, of course all of them are neutered at 8 to 9 months, so it can't be said that they are perfectly natural cats. Up to a year old, they form very close relationships with each other, sleeping entwined in baskets or on the bed or a blanket nest, grooming and cleaning each other (especially those hard-to-get-to places like ears, face and under-jaw. I encourage this togetherness by putting heavy horse blankets on my bed during the day, and most of the dogs and cats can be found sleeping there together at any time I am not using the bed myself.
In the second year, they sometimes change grooming-mates and begin to choose more solitary sleeping places. Now that some of my cats are passing their third year, they have stopped grooming each other and have become very reserved toward each other except for the traditional chirpy greetings with nose touching and cheek rubbing if they've been separated from each other for some hours. This is the same greeting that they give me and the dogs, by the way, which shows a basic acceptance of us as members of the same pride. -- The cats accept me as a larger and rather odd cat, and I deliberately adopt as many of their mannerism as comfortable to foster that idea (cheek rubbing, head butting, chirpy-noise greetings being the main adaptations. The dogs also look on me as something like them, and I am having to try to break them of the habit of "mobbing" me in greetings and planting big sloppy kisses all over my legs, arms and face. I am not able to adopt kissing them (sloppy or otherwise), but I have become stoic about the mobbing and permit it for a few minutes. This behavior is more wolf pack than domestic dog, and so I understand that what we have is a dog pack with me as alpha, and a pride with me as alpha, and all three different cultural groups adopting and adapting to each other like sailors on the old wooden sailing vessels -- you adapted to each other's crochets and customs because a ship that was at sea for 3 to 5 years at a time required that you adapted in order to survive without fighting together. So the dogs have learned not to slurp kisses all over the cats, and the cats have learned not to take offense if a dog bumps into them by accident, and so on.
There is one major flaw in most academic studies of cats. The cats are not personally bonded to the researchers, and they are often kept in cages or small runs under sterile (both physical and mental) conditions. I am not sure how accurate a picture can be formed at such a disadvantage. I think something more like Jane Goodall did with the gorilla is a better way of determining innate or hardwired behaviioral patterns. And then, as with humans, there are a suprising number of exceptions if the study population is large enough.