Need help converting Array of Member Variable to Vector

Consider the following class:

namespace GuiAppTest01 {
	public ref class CatClass {

		System::Windows::Forms::GroupBox^  groupBox1;

		void AddCat(System::Windows::Forms::Panel^ Panel);

	void CatClass::AddCat(System::Windows::Forms::Panel^ Panel)  {
		this->groupBox1 = (gcnew System::Windows::Forms::GroupBox());
		this->groupBox1->Parent = Panel;
		this->groupBox1->Dock = System::Windows::Forms::DockStyle::Top;
		this->groupBox1->Location = System::Drawing::Point(0, 0);
		this->groupBox1->Name = L"groupBox1";
		this->groupBox1->Size = System::Drawing::Size(20, 40);
		this->groupBox1->TabIndex = 0;
		this->groupBox1->TabStop = false;
		this->groupBox1->Text = L"I'm a cat!";

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I am able to create and assign an array of variables using this class like such:

array<CatClass ^> ^ Cats;

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And inside the Constructor, I initialiase the memory like so:

Cats = gcnew array<CatClass ^>(2);

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Using this array is easy, by simply allocating memory for each element and then using it, like this:

				Cats[0] = (gcnew CatClass);
				Cats[1] = (gcnew CatClass);

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The problem is that we all know that Arrays are evil as they cannot be increased on the fly - and the recommended solution of course is to use vectors.

How would I go about creating a vector of this reference class and using it?  I've tried all sorts of combinations of stuff, but I get various errors - as follows:


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IntelliSense: a using-declaration or access declaration cannot appear in a managed class

std::vector<CatClass^> CatVector;

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IntelliSense: a member of a managed class cannot be of a non-managed class type

std::vector<CatClass> & CatVector;

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error C2758: 'GuiAppTest01::MainForm::CatVector' : must be initialized in constructor base/member initializer list

All of the searches I've done have less complex variable types exampled in vectors, so I need to ask the experts.  Using Visual Studio 2012 Express
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the equivalent to a std::vector in managed c++ is a List. see


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LesterClaytonAuthor Commented:
Thank you :)  You have helped me a great deal.  This is what I've got now:

		List<CatClass^> ^CatList;
		CatList = gcnew List<CatClass ^>;    // Inside the Constructor

		CatClass ^cat;                       // Declare a new variable
		cat = (gcnew CatClass);              // Allocate memory
		CatList->Add(cat);                   // Store in list :D

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LesterClaytonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the helpful tip :)
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