Cats have highly flexible social lives. They’re usually content without the company of others of their species, but they’re not as antisocial as they’re often depicted. Relatives, unrelated cats and even other animals can be accepted as companions in the house, and those that are allowed to venture outside can form relationships with their neighbours. Interactions between cats in neighbouring territories can be hostile, but friendships can form too.
To increase their chance of survival, feral cats often form large social groups called colonies. They even cooperate to raise litters, with multiple females putting their litters in a single ‘nest’ and sharing their parental duties.
“Interactions between cats in neighbouring territories can be hostile, but friendships can form”
Cats use lots of energy when they’re awake and only sleeplightly, so they snooze for about two-thirds of the day