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Cautious Aloof Defiant Vocal

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This is a temperament type you are likely to identify with "feral" cats. Caution, independence and defiant vocalization allow this cat to remain free of human interference. Unlike the quiet CADQ, this vocal cat communicates fear and anger clearly to those people who approach whether intentions are good or ill. Provision of food shelter, and security are the way to win the heart of a CADV cat, but one also needs a good deal of patience. The CADV cat requires familiarity and a sense of control to feel comfortable. The combination of aloof and vocal traits will discourage rather than encourage a relationship.

The CADV kitten will tend to be shy and may greet your advances with angry sounding hissing spitting and yowling. Escape will be the goal, but a well meaning person who doesn't heed the vocal warning will likely be bitten. Familiarity with friendly people from very early kitten hood (prior to weaning) may help to allow a successful human bond as an adult. The CADV cat is not that interested in social interaction and makes friends very cautiously if at all. A calm non-reactive demeanor, food, and patience are the tools needed to build trust, a trust that is easily broken.

This is not a cat who likes to live in groups and is probably happiest when able to establish a territory and live with minimal social interaction. In a multiple cat household a CADV cat may be a pariah, frequently engaging in vocal conflict even when approached by the most mellow of house members. Inappropriate elimination can be the result of an attempt to avoid contact and conflict. The CADV cat may not be the one you observe engaging in the behavior, but probably initiated the cycle of urine marking. Cautious aloof cats may be able to live harmoniously in multi-cat homes as long as there is sufficient space and their boundaries are respected by all. A small group of related cats may suit the nature of a CADV cat, but a single cat household with a person who has reasonable expectations when it comes to display of affection might be your best bet.

Defiant with little desire for physical contact, this is a temperament type for whom a veterinary visit can be a horror show. The anxiety and loss of control felt when removed from home territory produce fear and anger expressed in loud intimidating ways. Flight is the preferred response, but this insecure cat will fight when backed into a corner from which there is no escape. It is fruitless and even dangerous to engage in a battle with the CADV cat. A screaming angry cat does not bring out the best behavior in people either, so avoiding a violent confrontation is essential.

Aloof cats with a defiant nature that causes them to adopt a defensive aggressive attitude are not the easiest cats to live with even if a cautious nature means this aggression is actually an expression of fear. If you want a lap cat that showers you with love and affection, the CADQ is not the cat for you. It is possible to have a truly meaningful relationship with your CADV cat if you are able to build confidence and overcome fear. Sometimes the relationships that require the most of us can be the most rewarding in the long run. To be the one special person in the life of a clever, unique cat who does not give love and trust easily is really something special.
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