My cat Frootloops was born into a litter with 2 other kittens, both male (she's female). Her mother was a very friendly, sweet cat, but for some reason she would always take Froot and move her away from the other two kittens, whom she spent the vast majority of her time with.
But she wasn't completely abandoned, because her mother must have come to nurse her or she wouldn't have made it, right? But then she would just keep her separate from the other kittens.
Anyway, now Froot is around 12 years old. She's also had problems with aggression and anxiety, both of which were much worse when she was young, but have gotten better over the years (she's usually fine with a quick pet on the head nowadays). What I'm wondering is, can mother cats sense mental illnesses as well as physical ones (sensing that she was mentally unwell and therefore keeping her isolated), or do you think that her mental problems are CAUSED by the isolation, which had no apparent cause?