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Colonies and Social Structure
Cat colonies, realistically, consist of anywhere from 2 to 25 members. The majority of these members are mother cats and their kittens, where a group of friendly female queens gather to help each other raise their litters and protect the territory they do it on. Male cats leave the colony to become loners once they reach maturity, but usually linger near the colony they were born in. Cats who form bonded pairs may either leave together, or stay with the group.
In the world of Felidar, cat colonies share a very similar dynamic - they are often matriarchies led by breeding females, especially bonded pairs. If males do live in these colonies, they are often the offspring of the queens who have grown up, and they serve almost exclusively as assistant defenders of the territory. However, most males leave their home colonies to wander within the territories and hunt alone. Sometimes groups of male cats (especially bonded pairs) will form bands which travel together and protect each other.
Den, Stronghold and Territory
The core area of a colony's land is known as the Den. This is the room the colony's founders can build and customize as they please, and it is where the members sleep, raise their young and share intimate moments. The Den is to be protected at all costs, and it is also the smallest space in the territory.
The immediate area surrounding the Den is called the Stronghold, though many prefer the term Camp for brevity's sake. This area is protected by short walls such as thorny thickets, tall rocks, or thick bushes, and is the place where most of the colony socializes and lives when they're not huddled in the Den. The Stronghold contains a colony's Banner and Totem (usually on opposite sides of the space), which can be stolen and torn down during a raid to conquer them and take their hunting grounds and den for yourself. Because of this possibility, the Stronghold is protected viciously by the colony members at all times and costs.
Cats as a whole do not like conflicts, so it's common for cats to share their outermost territories. The large area encircling the Stronghold is called the Territory, and many cats can pass through at different times of the day and use it for minimal hunting. If an unauthorized cat is found on the colony's territory, it can be driven out with a number of tactics, even resorting to bloodshed sometimes.
Relationships, Sexuality and Identity
Cats of Felidar are much more relaxed and free when it comes to relationships and mating. They tend to prefer polygamy over monogamy, gathering a collection of partners to breed with and depending on friends and family to help raise kittens, often in familial colonies. Cats that do find they love each other may become frequent breeding partners, and in the case of a bonding pair of opposite sexes, the male may even stick around to help raise the kittens. However, normally fathers have no role in upbringing. It is common for mothers to have "mixed litters" which contain kits from different fathers within the same litter. It is also very common for mothers to not disclose or discuss who their partners were, as there is usually no need to.
Homosexuality (and along with it bisexuality and pansexuality) are also accepted in Felidar societies. A frequent arrangement for lesbian couples who want to reproduce is to have litters around the same time by asking a surrogate male to assist them. Normally surrogates are cats they trust, but not close relatives for obvious reasons. Gay cats (two males) are crucial in raising kittens - their most common role is raising kittens which have been abandoned or orphaned by their original parents, giving them milk from a local colony's queens if they have not been weaned and educating them personally if they have. While cats can sometimes be looked down upon for being homosexual, it is only because they are perceived to not have a high reproduction rate because of their preference; prolific homosexual cats are respected like any other.
Unfortunately, asexuality is not really recognized as a valid identity by many cats, and those who do recognize it frequently discriminate asexuals for their "prudish" and "useless" decisions, believing reproduction is the key to success at life and being unable to imagine living without an active and insatiable libido and attraction to others. Still, asexual cats can be found in the famously accepting faction capitals, or serving a colony to raise orphaned kittens.
Transgender cats (MtF and FtM alike) are very uncommon, and as such they normally have a harder time fitting in with normal cat society; however, they are often left alone in faction capitals where the survival-focused dynamics of a typical colony are abandoned in place of organized governments, and the populations are too large to fuss over specific identities anyhow. Transgender cats are normally stereotyped as fussy, perverted and/or dishonest, though these are rarely the case and many are beginning to recognize that. Even feline society still has a way to go before all can be accepted.
Nonbinary cats (including all its subcategories like genderfluid) face a similar treatment to trans cats, especially regarding being stereotyped as "fussy"; many cats do not consider nonbinary to be a valid identity.