Asked: 21.06.20 14:052020-06-21T14:05:17+03:00 2020-06-21T14:05:17+03:00 Why do kittens grow up social, open to playing with other cats, and become less social with age? Are there cats that never lose their sociability, and how? Aging Animal Behavior Animals Cat Behavior Cats (domestic) Felines Kittens 6 Answers 2020-06-22T00:15:00+03:00 Added an answer on 22.06.20 00:15 Kittens play together and it’s fun for them, but they are actually learning to fight. Personalities do change over time and kittens grow up fast. Mature animals are adults. They are also individuals so personalities Siamese, Bengals, Munchkins, are just a few of the cat breeds considered most playful. I have two cats one 12, and one 18. They like to play with a feather wand at least once a day, they just quit when their tired. There are nice cats and kittens at the animal shelter. One of the best cats we had was a Siamese mix from the pound. He went on walks with us, played with a labrador puppy, and had his own life as well. He was the terror of the neighborhood before he got old. 2020-06-21T15:36:33+03:00 Added an answer on 21.06.20 15:36 Kittens have a fairly short window of opportunity during which they are wide open to learning how to be social and all sorts of other experiences. Once that window closes, it’s much harder for them to learn how to be social with either cats or humans and much harder to learn to accept new experiences. It’s not that they can’t learn anything new once they’re older but it’ll take a lot more time and won’t be easy for them. Kittens can start to learn how to become social when they’re around 2 weeks old. They’ll interact with and then play with their littermates from the age of 2 to 7 weeks and their overall socialization period might last until they’re 14 weeks old at most. They start with some self-play, which will be followed by general play between littermates and with any toys they can find and as they become more physical, they’ll play with just about anything they find, including our fingers and that’s one thing they should not be permitted to play with so they don’t ever learn that human hands could be toys. Kittens raised without littermates often have problems with their social behaviour as cats especially and also with humans. No matter how hard humans try to provide the kind of stimulation and learning that they need, we’re just not very good at being kittens or cats either. Kittens raised without other kittens of the same age to play with frequently grow up to have problems such as showing inappropriate aggression or by playing much too aggressively, which can lead to life long behavioural issues for some of them. Older cats, like older people, tend to become rather set in their ways, may be in some pain from their older joints and generally won’t be as playful as they were at a younger age, but even a fairly elderly cat can get along with much younger companions, provided it has a way to escape from more boisterous play that is a little too much for the older cat. 2020-07-02T21:43:55+03:00 Added an answer on 02.07.20 21:43 I am going to presume you are referring to kittens playing with their litter mates. That is different than when a cat meets an unfamiliar cat. Cats of the same litter grow together and know of nothing else, other that their mom. Life is good, their needs being supplied with little to no threat. When cats meet an unfamiliar cat, they carry smells that may be unknown and scary. They also don't know the intent of the intruder now in their space. Cats aren't social like dogs. They can live very content with less interaction as long as they are supplied food . A cats trust must be earned, whether you are feline or human. 2020-06-29T06:18:46+03:00 Added an answer on 29.06.20 06:18 Naturally, cats are individuals and very territorial in the wild. Actually, kittens who are social will remain as social cats after they’ve grown up. But of course, don’t forget to neuter/spay them, because usually the main reason they fight each other after they’re adult is because of territory and finding mates (for male cats). If they’re neutered/spayed, the problem usually will be solved. But, it will depend on different situations and their own characteristics. Here are the reasons why kittens will be more social (point 1) than adult cats (point 2). Point 3 and 4 are just some information I added for some cases :) Cats who are domesticated since they were kittens and adopted by human This type of cats who are grown up with humans who love and give much care for them will be more social and friendly, they will even be more social if they grow up with other kittens or even puppies! But, even though they were alone and you want to introduce them to the new one, it will be easier. Kittens are more likely to be social if they are adopted and raised with love or even companion because they’re still growing. And the friendly environment will develop their character, too. Trust, love, and affection they get will make them a happy and confident grown up cats. Kittens who are introduced to other kittens will grow up knowing that companion is good. They’ll be easier to trust other cats and people too because they never experience being abused or hurt. That’s why kittens are easier to socialize. 2. Cats who are domesticated when they’re already adult and adopted by humans Usually, this type of cats are abandoned by their previous owners (like mine was), or their owners die and they have to be ended up in shelter, or they were caught and neutered/spayed (usually they used to be stray cats). These cats are a little bit more difficult to socialize with others, but again, back to their natural characteristics. If they are friendly ones, there’s still chances to introduce them to other cat or kitten or even dog, but you should be more careful to dogs since it’s a different species. It will take time and patience to introduce them to other cats though. We don’t know their past or what they’ve been through, it can be painful or joyful. If they’re too shy and afraid of the others cats or people, it will be more difficult to make a friend or perhaps, it will be the best for them to be alone with you. Once they have gained their trust and confidence, perhaps you can start introducing them to neighbor’s cats and see their reactions. Don’t just try this once. You can also observe your cats’ characteristics and know what best for them. 3. Cats who live in the streets and depend on humans for food This is what we called stray cats. Usually they’re individuals, don’t being around other cats unless the environment is harsh, dangerous, and crowded, perhaps they’ll build colonies with other cats. Stray cats can be adopted once they’re neutered/spayed, vaccinated, and if they trust you and feel comfortable. This type of cats usually prefer to be alone, even though some friendly ones don’t mind to be introduced to other cats. 4. Cats who are best known as feral cats, less contact with humans and other animals This type of cats are called feral. They’re territorial, scared of people and other strangers, totally depend on their natural instinct. Some feral cats can live in colonies too. But, each of the colony members has its own core territory. They’re never social to people, and it’s hardly found a feral to be adopted even though some people experience this, that’s a special case. Hopefully, this will be enough to answer your question :) 2020-09-07T19:33:19+03:00 Added an answer on 07.09.20 19:33 Heavens, yes! The human has to initiate it and encourage it in kittens. Pick them up gently as often as MommaCat will allow. Pet them gently and talk softly to them. When they are old enough to play, at with them often. As they grow, make yourself available to them when they want attention and you'll have adult cats who sleep in your lap, chat with you, play with you, and make your life much more pleasant than it would be without them. 2020-06-24T02:47:32+03:00 Added an answer on 24.06.20 02:47 It really depends on the cat. We have 5. Three are siblings. The other two are our oldest and youngest cats. They all play together to varying degrees. But our oldest is a weird case. We found him and his brother when they were about 4 weeks old. They were feral. We nursed them and our older female cat Lily adopted Cole, one of the kittens. She died when he was 5. He had always been skittish but once his surrogate mom died he spent almost all his time under my bed. His brother died when they were 7. Around this time hevstarted visiting our daughter. He never stayed long and went right under the bed if anyone else approached him. Gradually he got more attached to her. Then he started allowing me to love on him. Then our son. Finally he started letting my husband scratch his ears. He is now 13, sleeps all night with me, comes and “gets” us when its bedtime, and will scream at you for attention if you walk past ”his” room. He also tolerates all the other cats now.