How To Stop Cats From Fighting Each Other And Keep Them Safe
Being a pet parent in a multi-cat household can bring immense joys to any cat loving person. Unfortunately, it can also be a pain in your neck, regardless of how much you adore your feline furballs.
As territorial creatures cats will often fight with each other even if they share blood.
That’s the sad truth and there’s no ultimate, magical way to prevent a possible fight from breaking out. Fortunately, there are some ways to manage the hidden aggression and to limit the chances for fights among your cats.
How To Stop Your Cats From Fighting With Each Other
Below you’ll find the most efficient solutions that will help you stop angered cats from fighting, regardless of what their breed, age or connection is.
Spay/ neuter them
Many cat owners are against the idea of spaying or neutering their furballs. Truth be told, there’s a plethora of advantages to these procedures. For starters, you won’t have to worry about the kitties’ heat cycles and the tons of complications that come with them. But most importantly, the surgery will prevent the cats from getting overexcited and starting fights out of the blue. Spayed/ neutered cats are notably calmer than felines which haven’t undergone the procedure.
Don’t make them share personal belongings
Surely, you probably already know that if your cat wants to sleep in your bed, it will do it. But that doesn’t mean it will stop perceiving the cat bed as its own possession.
Making your cats share any type of cat furniture (the toys and the food bowls are usually the most common culprits of cat fights) will stir up some territorial issues. Sharing personal belongings may become an issue even for siblings that have grown up together. If you can afford it, moneywise and spacewise, get multiple litter boxes. Many cats don’t mind sharing the same litter box, but most kitties don’t really like doing it.
Make your home more relaxing
Even the most playful and energetic feline beast on the planet needs to relax at some point. If your home is cramped up by clutter, has a constant flow of unfamiliar house guests and is noisy or located in a noisy neighborhood, your cats will easily get irritated. Try to make their surroundings more relaxing, more spacious and more entertaining. Offering some additional perches and other comfy spots will help prevent cat fights.
Encourage and discourage certain types of behavior
Unless you’re fluent in meow, saying things like “do this” and “don’t do that” won’t work. Learn how to train your cats by applying positive reinforcement techniques. Encourage friendly play sessions, snuggling, eating in the same room and other shared activities.
Reward the civilized and amiable behavior and eventually your cats will stop with that fighting on their own. They won’t associate it with a pleasing and rewarding experience. As such, you’ll make the positive behavior more appealing and you might be able to prevent the cat fights.
Opt for commercially available pheromones
Some sprays with pheromones, like Feliway for example, are commercially available as over-the-counter solutions. If nothing else works, you can always opt for using such soothing pheromones.
How To Break Up A Cat Fight
If you let your cats fight without breaking it up, they won’t understand that what they’re doing is wrong. What’s worse, some cats may even think pet parents are encouraging fights simply because they aren’t stopping them. And nobody wants that.
Breaking up a cat fight needs to be safe for the furballs and for their pet parents. This means that you shouldn’t try to get in between them or forcefully separate them with bare hands. Instead, opt for drawing their attention away from the fight and towards something else.
- Turn the lights off and on. Flip the switch several times to get the kitties’ attention. Don’t do it frantically, though, as this may actually irritate them even further.
- Clap your hands once or twice as loudly as you can possibly do it. This will startle the cats, so it wouldn’t be my personal first choice.
- Use soft blankets to separate the cats. If the previous two methods don’t work, use light, soft blankets or big towels to throw over the kitties. Once you’ve stopped the fight, keep them carefully wrapped in the blankets until you relocate them in separate rooms.
- Spray the cats with water. Some pet parents discourage destructive feline behavior by spraying their cats with water if they misbehave. I’m personally against such punishment techniques, but sometimes they do work.
If nothing else seems to stop the cats from fighting with each other, you should seek professional help by consulting with a vet or with an animal behaviorist.
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