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Bold Aloof Defiant Vocal

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As this temperament type designation seems to suggest, people may perceive this cat to be a 'BAD' cat. (Actually, it was unintentional the letters just worked out that way.) An aloof cat does not make friends easily. A defiant cat has little tolerance for interference from others. This bold, confident cat is not easily intimidated, and will most likely express displeasure in loud angry sounds when crossed. A repertoire of pleasant conversational tones and disarming gestures is usually limited since in a cat that prefers independence and solitude to companionship and social interaction. A fixed stare says 'don't mess with me' and is backed up with a rumbling growl. These are usually sufficient to convey the intended message. Angry screams, hissing, and spitting will be employed if needed, particularly for those especially rude folks at the veterinary clinic. The BADV cat may be pleased to have a human companion serve meals and meet needs which usually include opening the door allowing indoor/outdoor access on demand.

The BADV cat will tend to be an explorer and a wanderer. Observant of others, but avoiding or actively discouraging contact; fighting when necessary. When allowed access to the outdoors, this cat may often come home sporting the wounds of serious cat conflict. the BADV cat does not play well with others. The best relationship one can have with a BADV cat is one of mutual respect, which grows into friendship. It is not that this cat cannot form close bonds, but the natural tendency is to avoid excessive social interaction. Attempts at pushing for a relationship will usually meet with rebuff. A person not respected will be treated with contempt and be seen as little more than a servant. A good relationship with a BADV can be misinterpreted by the casual observer. This is a cat who does not display affection well. Even in a friendly interaction with a human companion she may sound like she is complaining or annoyed.

As a kitten the BADV does not invite or welcome attention but does not run away when approached. Kitten curiosity may prompt approach and investigation, however attempts at picking up this independent kitty will probably be met with resistance, both vocal and physical. Sufficient time with litter-mates to learn some cat social skills is essential. It is also important that the BADV cat have early positive contact with people. The window of opportunity available for demonstrating the desirability of human contact is short lived. Without early experience this is most likely one of the least approachable of cats later in life. Vocal warnings tend to discourage further exploration of a relationship by any other than the most determined of cat lovers. The BADV cat will probably not be your best loved cat of all time, but may still be a memorable character whom you respect and love even if you are not showered with affection.
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