Cat Behavior - What Is A Group Scent?

Cats are not really as social as dogs but most are happy living in the same household with other cats.  Cats in a multi-cat household tend to share a group scent that helps them become more familiar with each other and develop stronger bonds of friendship. Behaviorists describe the group scent as a social glue, holding the group together. When cats get along well together, they feel more secure and comfortable. When they are more at ease being in a group, positive social behavior is enhanced. Thus, you will notice them grooming other cats in the household and rubbing against each other. These behaviors help generate the group scent. 

Cats instinctively form a social hierarchy, with one cat occupying the top-most rung of the ladder, acting as the social facilitator. 

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