Well, I’m here to tell you that there are “alpha” cats and I definitely have one in my household. Her name is Momma Kitty; aptly named since she is part mothering of the other cats and part ruling with an iron fist…or paw. She’s taken on the role of making sure that everything is run by a strict schedule and all the other cats obey the rules she’s set forth. If everyone follows the rules, then order will be maintained throughout her small kingdom, better known as our house.
She is a quiet ruler and never raises her voice. It is extremely rare to hear her meow at all. She waits patiently each morning for each of the food bowls to be filled and she will sample each bowl to make sure that it’s up to her standards. She is the first to eat and will politely push the others away if they try to eat first. Being the overseer of our kitty colony, she will wait until everyone has finished their food before she leaves the dining area.
While the others head off to explore, play and sunbathe nearby our house, she stays put. She will stay near the garage where the food and beds are located. She keeps an eye out around our garage area and observes all the happenings around her kingdom. She stands guard to make sure her food dishes are not taken away before being empty and does her best to ensure no other animals try to invade her space. She waits for each member of our kitty family to return each evening and escorts them to the food dishes.
Occasionally, one of the cats will try to get too rowdy with her or another cat in the colony. She will tolerate a few caresses by them but, never prolonged rubbing or nudging. The cats usually get one shot and then a quick whack to the back of the head if they go in for more. As for roughhousing, that is totally unacceptable in her opinion. She will intervene if there’s any fighting or wrestling among the other cats.
She is a very gentle cat but, she takes her role very seriously. If everyone follows the rules, there are no problems. However, if you step out of line or try to eat some kibble without her, she will certainly convey her displeasure. Sometimes all it takes is a long glare in another kitty’s direction to get them to rethink things and get them to straighten up. The other cats know that Momma Kitty rules and they usually have no problem with this. As the eldest kitty in the group, she has definitely earned their respect and all is maintained accordingly in her kingdom.