Domestic cat behavior is a variation of wild or feral cat behavior. This is especially true if you're domestic cat has been spayed or neutered. One of the main driving motivations for a wild or feral cat's behavior is its sexual instinct.
With this large variable removed from the cats behavioral equation the over all instinctual actions are toned down, which makes for a good open minded pet. Domestic cats do enjoy companionship and company from other pets or people that are outside of their species.
A domestic cats behavior will also often be modified to the point of the cat seeking out the company of a dog. Cats are more open-minded to this if they are introduced to the dog at an early or kitten age. An older domestic cat behavior can be adapted, but will take more time. Especially if the cat is already established in this particular environment.
After jumping past the initial hurdle of the two animals becoming accustomed to each other. The relationship may blossom and be mutually beneficial. The new relationship may include grooming sessions, snuggling up to each other for warmth, and even playing games together.
The cat will greet its canine or other species friend with a vertical tail signal just as when two friendly cats meet. Often the cat chooses this posture as a sign of good will.
There are even stories of cats befriending large animals like horses. This unlikely friendship often develops between the cats that reside in stables. The felines are well fed from the mice that feed on food storage bins of the horses.
In this case, it is a mutually beneficial coexistent relationship. The largest part of a domestic cats behavior and social life of course revolves around its owner and the rest of the family.
Although felines may appear to ignore you and your family for much of the time by keeping a distance or sleeping this doesn't mean that your company is not appreciated. The cat’s natural behavior has always been one of friendship from a distance.
The average feline enjoys having its own personal space or buffer zone to call his or her own. This should not be mistaken as them not enjoying your company. They're only following what comes natural to their species.
If your cat lays like this your doing a good job. In fact, domestic cat behavior includes more playtime and interaction with their direct environment then with their wildcat cousins.
Make sure you take advantage of this by keeping your cat entertained and challenged with a variety of cat toys and activities. We keep our cats entertained with their three story cat condo and ample supply of the best cat toys available.
Also we have strategically placed perches on a few windowsills so our pets can enjoy the sun and wildlife around them. It's said that a thousands years ago, humans worshiped felines as gods. Cats have never forgotten this and expect the same treatment today.