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post #1 of 14
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I was wondering when you have all of those cats can you actually bond with any of them or all of them or do they just go off with each other? I have 4, but I have had Bella for almost 13 yrs and she's always been my baby the one on my lap and the others know this...Sophia is 7 and she could care a less if she sees us during the day, Severino 3 yrs old and Joey 2 yrs old are loves and love affection and each other. But they all know their place...Bella is first.And with her being sick they are much more attentive to her and curious, she is not amused.Just curious as to how this dynamic works in your house, Thanks
post #2 of 14
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post #3 of 14
Well I only had 2 then I rescused 6 found a home for one and kept the rest I must have been nuts but I couldn't let them go, and I Love them all They are Wonderful and Loving, they all get along great. Each one is different and they all like there share of attention, someone is alway's in my lap or in the computer chair with me, but I try to gibe them all there own Loving when they want it, sometimes there's no peace , All of the ones I rescued were from the same family, Miniman, Sissy is Mommy to ziggy, zazzy and zinger, Miniman is her brother and Dunkin someone just dumped him. I have had Mickey and Cammie for a long time..Granted it's alot of work but I'm the person who asked for it so why complain, and anyways there worth it..That's my group
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by halfpint
Well I only had 2 then I rescused 6 found a home for one and kept the rest I must have been nuts but I couldn't let them go, and I Love them all They are Wonderful and Loving, they all get along great. Each one is different and they all like there share of attention, someone is alway's in my lap or in the computer chair with me, but I try to gibe them all there own Loving when they want it, sometimes there's no peace , All of the ones I rescued were from the same family, Miniman, Sissy is Mommy to ziggy, zazzy and zinger, Miniman is her brother and Dunkin someone just dumped him. I have had Mickey and Cammie for a long time..Granted it's alot of work but I'm the person who asked for it so why complain, and anyways there worth it..That's my group
What a bunch of cuties I love Cammy, she looks like the cat I grew up with!
post #5 of 14
Spaz is my oldest, and prefers humans to other cats, she only ever bonded with one cat, and he's been gone for 5 years now.
She is very bonded to me, in fact she's in tune with me.

Shadow was Jeremy's cat before I ever moved in, and he liked me just fine, but he didn't actually bond with me until after Jeremy's 17y/o Siamese was pts.

Vash and Trouble we got together and while we both love them and spoil them, Vash is very definitely Jeremy's cat, while Trouble is very definitely mamma's boy.

Cassi and Ivory we got together, both cats have bonded with both of us, but both cats show a very definite preference for me.
This I attribute to the first few months we had them, both were sickly and I spent a great deal of time and love turning them around.

Cassi I think is the most remarkable, as she was a skittish, but friendly adult feral, she follows me around everywhere now and has gotten to the point where she doesn't hide when people come over.

All of them prefer each other's company though for play time and mutual grooming sessions.
post #6 of 14
My cats love each other indefinitely. Two of them were brothers and three of them were siblings.

They had grown up together and they love each other very much. They hang out with me like one big happy family.

They usually have a specified time slot with me. Sunshine hangs out me when I go to sleep. Basil hangs out with me when I wake up. Edison and Joy hang out with me thorghout the day. Carmen hang out with me occasionally, but when she does it is usually very intense with lots and lots of kneading, purring, and head-butting.
post #7 of 14
I have 7 right now and I can honestly say that the majority of the kitties prefer me to each other, they do play together and nap together etc, but if the opportunity presents itself they are in my lap lickety split! In fact there has been a couple five cat pile-ups in my lap Medusa is a semi-feral so she is busy hiding right now, and Sapphire has never been a lap cat, Sapph also hates other cats, but the minis and Tig & Pandy are super cuddle bugs. I think I've bonded very well with all of them I love you you love me we're one big happy family or something like that
post #8 of 14
I was just thinking about this the other day actually. I think its weird that only 2 of my cats actually have bonded, and thats because they are sisters. The rest of my cats just ignore each other, and normally Sherman is my lap kitty! Hes the one with me when I am on the computer and stuff. Callie is basically an outdoor cat~she hates anyone and everyone! Im not sure why shes like that, because I have had her since she was a newborn. But, guess thats just her. Abby is like a second mom to Chloes kittys-lol. They all adore her and she adores them!!
post #9 of 14
Hubby was pretty freaked out because I got a cat binge and took six cats in in six months (one ran away). He gave me carte blanche when Chester was brutally taken from me. Never in his wildest dreams would he have dreamed I would take in six cats at once!!!

We still occasionally argue about how much they cost but hubby had made peace with the five cats and he pets them more than I do.
post #10 of 14
I can honestly say I don't have extra special bond with just one of my cats. I have it with all of them. I have lap cats and those that aren't lap cats but I interact with them in other ways. I can't sit without having at least 4 around or in my lap. They will even rotate so everyone gets that extra TLC with me.

Max, Vanna, Sampson, Pooh, Tigger are all big time lap cats. They also spread the love around the house and will utilize other laps.

Mocha is very skittish but he loves to sit right above my head on the couch in the morning and evening.

Trouble has a bathroom fetish. All of her together time is in the bathroom. Here favorite room in the house. What can I say. Doesn't matter who is in there or what they're doing. She has to be in there getting lovin!!

Simon is neither a lap cat or couch cat. He loves the floor. In order to give Simon equal time you must lay on the floor. He is all over you as soon as you lay down.

Mia is the newest addition. For right now she is a bullet bouncing around the house from place to place. When she crashes to sleep is when I can collect her up and get my cuddle time in. Once she is out she is really out. So I get to hug her and squeeze her and love her.
post #11 of 14
All of my cats have their special bonding time with me and some prefer my husband. The ones that are the most bonded to us (Stumpy, Scarlett and Muddy) do not have as many cat buddies as the rest in the house, but they are also alpha and I'm not sure if that has something to do with it.

The rest of the cats have their little sub-clicks. Oscar hangs with either Pinky or Spanky. Sage and Dakota (brothers) hang out together but also hang with Spanky. Koko simply engages anyone that will play with her but seems to have a preference for Spanky and Oscar. Spanky just seems to like everyone. Bob hangs outside with Lucky and when they do come in the house, still hang with each other. Eight-ball is somewhat of an odd-cat out - he's too aggresive for most of the cats and they tend to avoid him.
post #12 of 14
We've got six. Four are brothers and sister (Lazlo, Sheldon, Tuxedo and Spooky).

We rescued Lazlo and Sheldon first.

We tried to adopt out Spooky, but it didn't work. And we felt she'd been too traumatized to try to adopt her to someone else, so we had three.

Tuxedo was a terribly aggressive kitty and sent two cats in the colony to the hospital for stitches. He ended up becoming deathly ill and bonded with my husband: we brought him inside when he was close to a year old and it took the better part of most of two years for Tuxie to totally (knock wood) recover. Then we had four.

It seems to make no difference that they're related.

The other two are handicapped. One moved in about six months after Tuxie. The last one came home almost two years ago.

The existing kitties all seemed to understand that the two handicapped kitties were handicapped. They treated them very differently than other fosters we'd had.

None of them are really lap cats, and there is no hierarchy when it comes to getting attention. Because they were all ferals, they all learned to love brushes or pets at different rates. They all ask for attention at different times, and they want attention for varying rates of time. Spook can lie next to one of us and "demand" pets for hours. Tuxedo, until just a few months ago, could only stand a few strokes on the cheek at one time, but would bump and rub his body up along our legs (or heads) with a lot of "gusto" and quite frequently.

They definitely like their own space. They also enjoy, at times, being with us or being with one or the other of the other cats. We'll see them snuggled up in various pairs, though Tuxie as the alpha doesn't. They'll all play with each other and with us.

The only real kind of strong relationship between the cats seems to be between Sheldon (our "ambassador" cat - welcoming and mommyish to newcomers) and Ming Loy, the last addition. She stumbles up to him (into him and on him), nuzzles into his chest, and he pets and grooms her.



All of them except for Sheldon and Ming Loy would be perfectly happy being off on their own or alone cats, but they tolerate each other, fight with each other, and play with each other from time to time.
post #13 of 14
I really don't think that it would be a problem unless all of the cats had very similar personalities. In my case, my little tribe is very, VERY diverse, they have very little in common with each other, and therefore, bond in different ways. Demeter likes to sit quietly on my chest and purr when I'm doing something calm and quiet, like reading. Trace, with his missing leg, really enjoys laying on my lap and letting me scratch the places that he can't reach with the other 3 legs. Mischief is quite an oddball really. He is pretty independent, until I take a bath. Thats when he stands on the rim of the bathtub and wants me to give him a bath with a wet washcloth. Skimbleshanks thinks that he's still a kitten and likes to be carried around draped over a shoulder.

They all have their different likes, wants and quirks, and each have their own schedules, so we all get to hang out one on one thoroughout the day
post #14 of 14
Lemme see....I'll start with (Da)Mita & Chico.

Damita & Chico are in the office. They like other cats, but the others don't like them. Doing online classes this summer, I spent lots of time in the office(OK, so I'm playing here all day ). They both crawl in my lap & nap. When it's time of attention, Damita bites my crotch. I spend time laying on the floor with them & petting them. I am teaching Damita & fetch, too!

Twitch & Lily are my special girls. Twitch has always been there for me & was my first cat. She & I have been through so much together, I love her more than words can express. However, she is a crab apple. "Don't hug me, I don't wanna sit in your lap, just lemme alone!" I walk up & squish my face into her, give her a kiss, pet her a little & that's about it. She will sit in my lap for her dry food every night, but only until she gets fed. Lily is a snugglebug. She cuddles with anyone but scary daddy, who she only likes when we are eating a meal. They are upstairs, so they get attention all day long. You can hear their sneaky quiet footsteps as they race around upstairs at night. They love each other.

Ophelia is my cat. By far & large, she loves me best. She now sleeps in my bedroom, so she & I bond all night. She sleeps on my feet or under the covers next to me. I always stop in several times during the day to play with her & scratch her ears. Ophelia hates all other cats, but doesn't mind one dog, so it's me & the dog who give her attention. Coco(the dog) grooms her at night & she loves it.

Fafeena, Slinky, Tabitha, Goat-Head, Cow, Billy Bob, Tony, & Sandy Paws all get attention whenever someone goes outside. I make a point of spending 1/2 hour every day with them, but whenever mom goes out to garden, etc. they get let out to play & spend time with people.
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