Our 4 fabulous felines.
You may wonder how these four felines manage to get along so well in our home.
Most multi-cat households will have a 'top cat', and in our home, that would be Lily.
It seems that if all the cats understand this, things can run quite smoothly.
One of the ways of deciphering which cat is on the highest level in a home is to watch which one likes to be above the other cats any chance they get. One may take to the highest seat on the cat-tree or always sit on a wall-shelf looking down. Oddly, in our home I don't notice that happening at all. What I do notice is that at meal-time our Lily always eats first, especially if they are sharing some cut-up chicken on a large plate. Both Annie and Audrey wait until Lily has finished her portion before they dig in. I find that very interesting. Sometimes age will play a factor in status but an older, unhealthy cat can quickly lose the top cat position. That has not happened here as yet although our Lily is eighteen and has pancreatitis.
Sierra has always been an indoor-outdoor cat and has not included herself in the goings-on of our other three. She tends to eat by herself most times away from the others. I would say she is more of a loner.
Here is something to read on this subject if you are interested.
Even though I live with and work with cats, I realize that I will never really know 'the cat' completely. They will always be the most fascinating creatures to me and I learn something new about them every-day.