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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2005, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think?

I have three cats, Tommy, a Ragdoll that we bought from a very hands on breeder, JoJo a cat that we got from a co-worker at the age of 12 weeks, also alot of love given to her as a kitten and Billie which we got from a shelter who was a very sickly kitten. These three are very cuddley and agreeable cats that follow ME everywhere and seek ME out for attention and kisses. Here's my question. Do you think cats who are lovingly handled as kittens are more prone to seek that out as cats or have I, as a gentle cat owner, made my cats this way, or is it the luck of the drawl that I wound up with three nice kitties?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 04:58 AM
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This is like the Nature vs Nurture theory. Personally, I think its a combination of both nature AND nurture. All cats have their individual personality traits just like us, and of course they also learn the facts of life as they are growing up. I think your cats are all so gorgeous because they were all brought up right, given a lot of affection and because they are all very nice cats as well.
I have a pair of littermates, now almost 2 years old. They arrived here at 5 weeks of age, were brought up the same, fed the same, handled the same, and loved the same, but there are differences in their personalities. Theo is very confident, flirty, very affectionate and boisterous, whilst Mac is gentler, quieter and perfers the other cats company to mine.
I think we can somewhat shape our pets, though. For example, if you socialise your puppy, your going to get a confident dog. If you bring a kitten into a stressful chaotic household, chances are you'll get a nervous cat. But there are exceptions to the rule. Some cats (and dogs) who have been brought up perfectly are still very nervous, whilst some pets who have been so badly abused by humans somehow remain friendly and affectionate.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 09:22 AM
 
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The "Nature" part of that theory would actually suggest that they were born with the "nice" trait, having nothing to do with how they were raised at any point in their lives.

I agree that it's some of both. But I think you're asking whether their lives before you shaped them into nice cats, or if YOU turned them into sweeties. The fact that you have one cat who had a rough start to life and is STILL a wonderful cat proves that cats can be resiliant, and giving them lots of love and taking good care of them can help them to trust you. But it's not that way with all cats, unfortunately. There are cats who will never bounce back from traumas in their lives, even if they are placed in the most loving, reliable home. There are also cats who are never very friendly even though they *did* have a loving beginning. It really is an individual mix of genes and environment. But I'll tell you this -- having a secure, loving home helps in most cases.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 10:14 AM
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ditto the above two msgs. reprot -- good for you, wishing you and your kitties the best!!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 10:17 AM
 
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Oh yeah I forgot....POST PICTURES! lol
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yep that's what I thought, a little of both. I've promised myself to take pictures, need a camera that I can use instead of this digital camera my husband owns, grrrr I hate those cameras

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