A multiple cat family knows that not all cats become friends quickly.
By Claude West (Cat Man)
On occasion, you bring home a cat that instantly bonds with the resident cat but more often, you will be dealing with cats that are fighting. Below are some tips on how to stop cats from fighting at home.
· Stop cats from fighting at home by: Introducing cats slowly when bringing a new cat home
When you bring a new cat home introduce your home kitty to the new one slowly. If possible keep them separate for a while. Best to give each their own room. Later introduce them in a neutral room where you can see how they get along.
As we know cats are territorial. The new cat might start hanging out in your older cat’s favorite spots. In addition, that will be the first of the cat fights. When possible, discourage your new cat from sleeping or resting in your older cat’s favorite spot. Try to get the new cat to find his own place in your home. Put catnip on another spot and encourage your new cat to hang out there. This could prevent future territorial fights.
· Stop cats from fighting at home by: Mixing your cat’s scents will help them like each other more
Cats are very sensitive to and recognize scents easily. If your cats do not get along then try to swap or mingle their scents. Familiar scents help so they welcome the other cat and do not identify him or her as a stranger or threat. Best method to get your cats used to each others scents by rubbing each cat onto a towel or t-shirt. Then, put the shirt or towel in their favorite spot and they will associate the scent as familiar. Once their scents are intermixed, they will not feel threatened and stop fighting.
· Stop cats from fighting at home by: Distract your cats if they start fighting
If your cats have started fighting, do not step in and try to break it up. This will escalate their fighting and you could get hurt in the process. Try to make a sudden, loud noise from a hidden spot by clapping your hands or banging a pan. The noise will startle the cats, and likely separate. Another way to distract them is to toss an object nearby to make a loud noise and stop them from fighting.
· Stop cats from fighting at home by:Stressed cats will fight
Cats will sometimes fight if they feel threatened or stressed. If your cat sees a bird outside and it makes him agitated, he might turn and pick on your other cat. Should this happens occasionally, you need not worry. However, if it happens often, then maybe you should close your window blinds.
· Stop cats from fighting at home by: Cats that are ill or injured will fight with another cat
Should your cat is not feeling well or injured, he or she might take it out on his usual feline friend. If the fighting is new, your cat could be taking out his ‘bad mood’ on your other cat. Illness and injuries affect kitty’s behavior so please take it to the vet for a checkup.
If your cats continue to fight after trying all of the above measures, it might be time to see a cat behavior specialist.
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