CSDQ (Cautious Social Defiant Quiet)
Cautious social cats require time and familiarity to gain confidence and reveal their social nature. Once you have established a relationship, CSDQ cats can be very affectionate companions. This cat even though social is usually no where to be seen when you have house guests. Your friends will probably just have to believe you when you tell tales of your charming playful cat who showers you with affection.
If as a kitten the CSDQ cat has had positive contact with people, he will probably be open to a friendly approach. He may be easily frightened however, so a calm, patient demeanor will be needed. He may not reveal his defiant tendency as a young kitten. Sometimes the first clue you get is during his routine kitten visits at the veterinary clinic. He is a cautious kitty and will not like being in an unfamiliar environment. Drawing blood or trimming claws may prompt his first show of defiant behavior, usually fear, expressed with a hiss, spit, and a slap. Over reacting to his kitten defiance may set the stage for unpleasant veterinary visits from then on.
It may be dificult for you to get your CSDQ cat into a carrier, trim his claws, groom him or give him pills. Active resistance to restraint or manipulation can make these cats dificult to work with. Quiet defiant cats are generally less intimidating than their vocal counterparts. Patient calm persistance may allow you to establish regular routines for these activities that your CSDQ cat will find acceptable. It is, however, easy to miss a quiet cat's more subtle warnings and exceed his limits resulting in a bite or scratch. Quiet defiant cats may confuse some people, but are generally more managable because it is easier for one to remain calm when a cat is not screaming, growling, hissing, and spitting at you. Still, determined physical resistance is likely to discourage all but the most determined cat owners. CSDQ cats are often the arbiters of good and bad human behavior and are able to effectively train their human companions. Your cat may be the boss and you don't even realized it.
Cautious social cats may not initiate contact, but are likely to respond favorably to contact initiated by a familiar companion. With people the cautious social cat may respond to a friendly overture with face rubbing and bunting behavior. Frequent facial rubbing is common in cautious but social cats since a stable recognizable home territory is where they feel most confident. Being surrounded by olfactory evidence that he is on his own property is reasuring, and the more friendly facial pheromone marking system does not preclude social interaction. Because he is a social cat, the CSDQ cat will probably be comfortable in a multi-cat home. The CSDQ cat needs to gain familiarity with and trust in his feline companions as well as his human ones. An instance of displaced aggression could result in a long standing feline feud. It is less likely that a CSDQ cat will resort to urine marking even if there is a purrsonality clash in a multi-cat home. CSDQ cats are probably content to be indoor cats as long as they receive enough social interaction.
This is a cat that will respond favorably to your attention and love. Because we rarely have to 'make' our kitties do something that they don't want to do, life with a CSDQ cat can be very pleasant. As long as you behave, this cat will make you feel special.