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When cats fight: tips for finishing


If your cats are arguing, the first step is to search for the cause of the conflict. The cat dispute can be settled more effectively if you tackle the cause of the problem. But what can you do yourself and when should you get help? Cats don't always fight in open combat - Shutterstock / Hieronymus

Cats don't always fight in an open fight. Often a conflict has been smoldering for some time and only becomes apparent to people later. If you notice that the mood between your fur noses is tense, there is bullying or open arguments, you should try to mediate.

Why cats fight

In order for you to be able to arbitrate, you need to consider why your cats are arguing and what might have caused the conflict. Territorial fights are quite common among velvet paws and part of their instinctive behavior. If your cat is arguing with neighboring free walkers outside, you can do little. However, if your velvet paw is often badly injured, you should think about secured clearance or housing to protect your cat. But even among cats that share a household, there can be disputes about the area. This is the case, for example, if the cats have to share sleeping places, the feeding place, scratching post or the litter box. Cats also sometimes argue about resources such as food or water when there is only one bowl for both.

Furthermore, it may be that one cat perceives the other as an intruder or a stranger, for example when a new fur nose comes into the house. Sometimes there is a cat dispute after visiting the vet, because the sick kitty has picked up strange smells in the practice and her cat friend at home literally no longer smells them or no longer recognizes them because of the strange smell.

Preventing a cat fight: tips

The best way to avoid territorial battles and disputes about resources in the multi-cat household is to provide each fur nose with its own bowl, water sources, preferred sleeping places and separate litter boxes. If you continue to fight despite your own food bowl, or if one velvet paw does not let the other go to your litter box, you should set up different feeding places and places for the litter boxes. That way, the brawlers don't get in each other's way and the situation can relax. The same applies to scratching posts and sleeping places: if there is enough for everyone, cats do not have to argue about it.

If you want to bring two strange cats together or prevent a cat dispute after the veterinarian, it helps to gently wipe your first cat or the cat that stayed at home with a cloth. Before the cats get to know each other or before returning from the vet, wipe the other kitty with the same cloth so that it takes on the familiar smell and is no longer as threatening.

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Settling a cat dispute: distraction helps

In acute controversial situations, the best thing to do is distraction to separate the opponents. For example, while the cats are arguing, you can clap your hands or throw a pillow in the corner. Make sure that you don't hit your cats with them and that they don't notice that you're behind the distraction or the loud noise. Otherwise the animals associate you with the unpleasant stimulus, which can lead to other problems. As a rule, the brawlers are so surprised by the distraction that they can stop in the fight and the underdog can escape. The distance helps the mood to calm down again.

Speaking of mood: cats can unconsciously sense and take over a person's mood. So try to stay calm, calm and cheerful yourself - even if your cats are arguing. Then you can mediate indirectly by suggesting to your fur noses that everything is fine. You can reinforce this impression by always having something pleasant happen when both room tigers are in one room, for example by distributing treats, pats and play hours fairly among your cats.

Cats quarrel: when to the vet?

If your house tigers are usually heart and soul, it can be a symptom of illness when your cats are arguing. It may indicate that a cat is not feeling well or in pain if it suddenly becomes irritable or aggressive about its animal companion's advances or play offers. In this case, as a precaution, go to the vet and have your cat examined from head to toe. If your veterinarian doesn't find anything and your cat looks fit, you can go over the other causes of the dispute again. Do not get ahead, do not be afraid to consult a cat psychologist.