The Dominant Cat


Here is a post from August of 2015 for Throwback Thursday. After Puck died, Chris started dominating Floki in the same way, although I have not seen him do that lately.

Bad Cat Chris

We have always joked that Chris has to be the alpha in the house. The truth is, cats are not like dogs, there is no “alpha” cat in the wild, at least not among African Wildcats, the species that evolved into the modern domestic house cat.

African Wildcats are loners, especially the males. Each male has a single territory that does not overlap another male’s territory but may overlap several females’ territories. This may cause competition for mating purposes but there is no group that requires a leader.

About 12,000 years ago in the Middle East, humans started to give up their hunter-gatherer lifestyle and became farmers. This, of course, was a very gradual process but eventually there were communities of people growing wheat and other grains. They stored these grains in large bins that attracted rodents. The increase in rodents, in turn, attracted cats.

The humans not only tolerated the cats…

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6 thoughts on “The Dominant Cat

  1. cat9984

    Snoops raised Kommando from kitten. Everyone once in a while, Kommando tries to takes charge. It’s kind of humorous since Snoops is a fair amount larger than Kommando

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I don’t think they consider their own size. We had friends visit with their dogs, one of which was pretty big, but Frankie would not allow the dogs to take over his house.

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