It is not uncommon for cats who live together to find themselves feuding. If you are experiencing this in your household, there is a good chance you know just how aggressive, noisy and disruptive warring cats can be. There’s a reason the phrase “cat fight” was created. Fortunately, there are some things pet parents can try to ensure that their feline friends get along as well as possible.
Understanding Why Cats Don’t Get Along
If your cats are feuding, there’s a possibility there is some legitimate beef between them. The cats may have hurt one another in the past or one of the cats may have experienced aggression at the paws of a strange cat. This may have made her fearful of all other cats, even if the other cats in the home have not directly harmed her.
It is also possible that the cats just have distinctly different personalities and do not get along for the same reasons that people with different personalities do not get along.
What to Do When Cats Don’t Get Along
The action needed to resolve kitty feuds varies depending upon the situation. If your cats used to get along fine and have just recently begun fighting, check each cat for new medical conditions. A cat that is sick or in pain will often act out through aggression and the first step in resolving kitty feuds is making sure each cat is healthy and not suffering physically.
After you have completed a medical check, observe the cats’ behavior to pinpoint exactly where the feud begins and who starts it. For example, does the fight start when a younger cat disrupts an older cat's sleep or mealtime? Or does it simply begin when they pass one another in a hallway?
Understanding the root of the issues can help you properly deal with them. If cats are fighting over food, water or beds, add more of those resources around the house in order to make them easily available. If cats are fighting at distinct times of the day (as in the example of the young cat disturbing the old cat’s nap) consider keeping them separated for that period of the day.
If the fights do not start around food or resources, consider using treats and positive reinforcement as a way to help the cats to associate proximity with positive interactions. Unless aggression ensues, do your best to feed the cats near one another and provide each cat with plenty of one-on-one affection.
If all else fails, consider spraying feline pheromones around your home to help soothe, relax and calm cats. This is a last resort, but can be very effective in households where nothing else has worked.
Cat We All Just Get Along
Cat relationships are often complicated and multi-cat households will probably see their fair share of feuds. Fortunately, it is often quite easy to resolve kitty conflict by paying attention to and resolving its roots and origins and ensuring that each cat is getting what he or she needs.