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How to Stop Cat Fights

 by michelle on 08 Aug 2014 |
1 Comment(s)

Whenever there are two or more cats in a household, there’s always potential for fighting. Cat fights can occur for several reasons, but the most common is due to poor socialization or a lack of positive experiences with other cats. Here are some tips on how to prevent your cats from fighting:

 

When There's A New Cat In Town

 

Cats are very territorial animals, so it makes sense that a new cat coming in to your home could be seen as a threat. The best way to prevent your resident cat and the newcomer from fighting is to take things slow. You should keep the new cat segregated at first, and make sure he has his own litter box, toys, food and water bowl. During this time the resident cat can observe the newcomer and eventually learn to trust them like you do.

 

Other Reasons For Fighting

 

Just like humans take their anger out on those who may not deserve it, cats do the same to their housemates. For example, your cat could spot something outside through the window. Territorial and unable to investigate, your cat becomes irritated and may attack the cat closest to them. This redirected aggression is considered typical, so pay attention to what irritates your cat and find ways to prevent it.

 

Illness

 

Cats hide illness very well and aggression towards other cats could be a sign they're not feeling too hot. No one likes to be bothered when they’re sick right? If you think this could be the case, it’s time for a trip to the vet.

 

How To Break Up A Fight

 

If a fight’s already begun the best way to end it is with a distraction. Never try to break up the fight by getting in the middle of it or you could end up with some battle wounds yourself. Instead you should interrupt them by making a loud sound, like a loud clap or a bang on a pan. The noise will send your cats running and hopefully in opposite directions.

 

Other Tips To Prevent Fighting
 

  • Neuter male cats
  • Reduce competition between cats by providing them with their own things
  • Have multiple cat towers so they can each have their own space
  • Reward your cats when they’re friendly with eachother

Comment(s)1

Anne - Comment
Anne09 Aug 2014Reply
We are a multi-cat household, and we keep small spray bottles (wáter pistols are more fun but often need 2 hands to operate!) in handy locations. The cats learn very quickly about the sprays and often it is only necessary to hold up any ítem similarly shaped (eg salt or pepper shaker) to get the cat to stop doing whatever is wrong. Water spraying works to break up small arguments between the cats, and a larger quantity of water for actual fights. Water never hurts the cat but acts as a great deterrent.
connie - Comment
connie09 Aug 2014Reply
I yell "stop looking at each other " more now, than I did when the human children were growing up . Middle cat on the totem pole challenges the dominate one multiple times a day..& loses every time :)

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