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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dominant One

How do you tell who's the dominant kitty. I have two females and one male. It might be Billie (youngest) but I'm not sure.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 11:53 PM
 
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I'd really like to hear the opinions on this one! There is a cool book called Cat Vs. Cat : Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat. It has a chapter on the workings of cat relationships. It has lots of opinions and hints. One says that the dominant cat likes to physically sit higher than the others be it on a chair, counter etc. I am pretty sure my older cat is more dominant but the younger one is constantly challenging that. I like to hear about other clues to who is in charge.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 12:04 AM
 
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It's sometimes different for every household.

Here are dominant cat is Loki. But you might not realize it. Cupid can be the one that picks on the others from time to time. Loki, he's more laid back and just chills. But, NO one ever messes with him! even when all the kitties are play wrestling, etc. everyone knows not to jump on Loki...if Loki wants to play, he'll tell them. He rarely gets to the highest point, but when HE wants a spot, the others move. He doesn't rule with an iron paw, but he does have a lot of respect and when they others get out of line too much he can put them in their place, quick! hehe

There's not a lot of power struggle here, so it's pretty calm...Loki's in charge and everyone's fine with that hehe
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 09:04 AM
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Occupying strategic positions: highest place, middle of room, doorway entrance, approach to litterbox, etc. Marking. First at the food bowl. Leave poop uncovered. Stare down other cats. Monopolize toys.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 02:48 PM
 
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Well then Jake is definitely the dominant one. It is as if you wrote JAKE takes highest place, Jake takes middle of room, Jake takes doorway, Jake is first at the food bowl. Jake leaves poop uncovered. (that is what it means! I thought he was just darn lazy!) Jake stares down other cats. Jake monopolize toys, bed, counter space ..... hahahahaha
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 03:59 PM
 
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Occupying strategic positions: highest place, middle of room, doorway entrance, approach to litterbox, etc. Marking. First at the food bowl. Leave poop uncovered. Stare down other cats. Monopolize toys.
equals MICKEY! When I let them come out in the fenced-in yard with me, he even "marks" the pile of dirt next to the garden. Then he won't let anyone else near it. Kip is trying very hard to take the position away from him, but Mick puts him down with one paw. Pins him right to the floor, holds him there a few seconds, the saunters away with that tail high in the air.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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I've read the posts but I'm still not sure, it might be Billie. The only thing that I see is that she crys the loudest for food and she trys to muscle the others out for affection/attention.
Is it possible that I am the dominant one?

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