If you live in a household with more than one cat, chances are that you have had to experience the upsetting event of a cat fight. The uneasy sounds of a cat fight such as hissing and growling are enough to test anyone’s nerves.
You may have two cats who totally adore each other one minute and then the next minute after, it breaks out into a huge civil war amongst your feline companions. Why do your cats fight and how do you prevent it from happening in the first place?
Cats will fight for various reasons including protecting their territory, jealousy, and natural aggression. Also, bringing a new cat into the home can provoke a cat fight. Sometimes you may even mistake playful cat fighting with actual fighting. Some fighting is considered normal.
Cats Will Protect Their Territory
Some cats fight simply to protect their territory. Cats are territorial by nature, and this is one of the more common reasons that a cat fight will erupt.
If you have an outdoor cat who is constantly fighting with a neighbor’s cat, the solution is quite easy.
Bring your cat indoors for a few weeks. This will prevent a fight from starting. The other cat may even forget about your cat and may pick a fight with some other feline in the neighborhood.
Bringing a New Cat Into the Home
A catfight may also erupt when you bring a new furbaby into your home for the first time. This also relates to the territorial reasons for catfights.
New cats have a different smell that your current feline companion does not recognize. There is a right way and a wrong way to introduce a new cat into your home. Introducing a new cat into your home should be done slowly and with patient persistence.
Never put two new cats into the same room right away to introduce them. This is not the right way, and it may even take longer to get the two cats familiar with each other if it’s done the wrong way.
Cat Jealousy and Their Human Companions
Another reason cats may fight is because you may be unintentionally showing one cat more attention than the other. This can lead to jealousy among your feline companions.
I have cats that fight for this reason all of the time. One cat is female and the other is male. My female cat will hop into my lap to take a cat nap, and when one of my other cats wants to jump into my lap, my female cat will claw, hiss, and fight with the other cat.
What I do when this happens is I stop what I’m doing and try to pet both at the same time while softly talking to them in my baby cat voice. Yep, I’m weird like that, but it does help to ease the tension.
Your Cat May Be Naturally Aggressive
Some cats are just naturally aggressive. Most felines that are aggressive are so towards the male gender. Usually, they are unneutered as well. If this happens to be the case, ultimately, the best thing you can do is to bring them to the veterinarian and get them neutered.
This will usually fix this problem. Keep in mind, though, that some male cats may take time to change their behavior after getting fixed. It doesn’t just happen right away.
How To Stop a Cat Fight
When two cats are involved in a fight, there are a few things you can do to stop the fight. One thing you can do is to use some type of long object such as a plastic grabber tool and put it between the two cats.
Other things that will work are cardboard boxes, opening a can of wet cat food, and a broom.
I wouldn’t recommend using your arm or any other part of your body to separate the two cats for obvious reasons. You could be seriously injured in the process.
Cat fights are just not fun to deal with, so trying to find out the underlying cause as to why your cats are fighting is the key to solving this problem.
Some reasons are just plain obvious. Is your cat neutered or spayed? No? Try that solution first. Did you recently introduce a new cat into the home? Yes? Try reintroducing the two felines patiently and a little at a time.
If all else fails, you may want to seek professional help from a pet behavior specialist. Or maybe start with your local veterinarian and get advice from them. A peaceful home where all your cats get along makes for a wonderful home for both you and your feline companions.