Alpha cats are natural leaders; they refuse to be led and they love and attempt to take charge of almost every situation. They like their food the way they like and when they want it. They let you touch them only on their terms. They demand attention and access and they tend to rebel when admonished. To sum up, “you don’t own an alpha cat – the alpha cat owns you.”
We have had Casper since he was four weeks old. At the sixth week, I saw the first signs of Alpha tendencies. Since then, he has disrupted my sleep, locked himself in the bathroom, opened a child proof first-aid box, killed my laptop with a glass of coke, ruined my breakfast, made me buy him toys and even persuaded me to swap out my bedside table for a more secure and sturdy furniture item. He often behaved in ways I couldn’t understand until much later.
HOW TO SPOT AN ALPHA
You can easily spot an alpha cat because an alpha is aggressive, moody and controlling. They claim a territory and will act if an interloper comes in. Unlike the defensive cat, alphas won’t back away from an aggressor. He’d rather fight and make the opponent flee.
If you own an alpha cat, he can give you a very tough time training him. Alpha cats hate to be controlled. If they’re unhappy with a situation, they meow loudly and maybe even growl at you and if you continue to annoy them, they might even bite you. Never try to pick up an alpha male who doesn’t like you to, there are chances he might scratch and claw you.
PETTING AN ALPHA CAT
If you get scratched by your cat when you’re in the middle of a petting session with him, you likely have an alpha and this is their way of telling you that they have had enough petting. They think that by doing so they’ve given you an obvious signals and if you continue petting him, they’ll likely scratch or bite you. When an alpha cat is done with the petting, he narrows his eyes, thumps his tail from side to side and gives your hand a sideways glance. This is a classic alpha cat move.
Alpha cats thrive on bullying and being in control and trust me when I tell you that domesticated cats will bully you. This behavior is evident in Casper who will jump onto my bed while I’m sleeping and will bite me to get me up to feed him. And most of the time he’s not even starving; he just wants to assert his dominance and get me to do his bidding when he wants.
Casper will jump up on your lap and allow himself to be petted – but only for as long as he want. And when he’s had enough, he’ll narrow his eyes, glance sideways at the petting hand, and his tail will begin to switch from side to side. Yeah! that’s the time to let him go. Because he’s got better things to do like keeping a check on his weight or take care of the stalker cats or carry on with his routine harmless activities like swimming.
Petting an alpha cat can be the toughest thing but a cat owner will agree that it’s still worth all the trouble. Because that’s not all there is to him. An alpha cat will bring the same intensity and commitment to the things you love about them. Alphas are perpetual motion; those bright brains and busy bodies need stimulation. Give them enough interesting things to do, enough difficult tasks to accomplish, enough areas to investigate and explore, they will be the most happy and delightful companions you can ever have.