What to Do If Your Cats Start Fighting
Any owner of more than one cat is not a stranger to the occasional and sometimes daily cat fights that break out. One moment your cats are cuddling and sleeping so peacefully and the next they are hissing, growling and fighting. Sort of just like toddlers I suppose. Just as kids and adults will pick a fight or lash out at another if they get annoyed or become discontent. Kids you can put in a corner when they fight but what can you do with cats?
Cats are extremely territorial. They also are very mischievous. Just like toddlers and kids don’t want another kid or even sibling to enter their “space” at certain points of any given day the same is true with cats. Female cats tend to be a bit more territorial than male cats and will typically be the one who picks the fight. Strangely, this is not true for their household pet counter mates; the dog. It is a well known fact that cat’s are much more territorial than dogs. Whereas dogs are much more attune to visitors than cats.
In households with multiple cats there will emerge an alpha cat. Typically this will be the male cat unless the male cat is introduced to an all female cat household. If you move to a new residence however, the male cat will then assume the alpha cat position. Two male cats will sphynx cat for sale occasionally fight for the social ranking of alpha cat even if they have been neutered.
Often one of your cats may pick a fight with another family cat in the house for no apparent reason. This often happens when they have seen another cat or sometimes a dog while looking out the window. Cat’s hate to see a strange cat in their yard and will feel threatened by its presence. If the window or door is open the two cats may hiss and howl at each other through the screen. Often the other cat may not confront your household cat which will frustrate your cat causing it to attack the other family cat.
What You Should Do
Since cats natural instincts are to fight you should let them work out the dispute. Try not to interfere unless you believe it to be necessary. It can be as simple as protecting their territory to just being in a mood. Attempting to punish your cat will not work and may result in the cat taking retaliation by urinating outside of the litter box or damaging something you value. Cats are extremely smart.
When You Should Interfere
It is often easy to tell the difference between your cats playing, a spat or an all-out fight. An all-out fight will involve both cats hissing and growling, not just the aggressor. Cat fur can go flying and blood can be drawn. Usually one of the cats will back away. If not you will probably want to interfere.
Be careful as you may end up getting bit or scratched. The best way is to loudly clap your hands and make a loud noise as you approach the fighting cats. If the fight is very aggressive you can spray water toward or on them which will stop the fight. One cat will making crying sounds afterwords. After making sure the crying cat is not hurt you should usually let him or her work it out alone and not pamper the cat.