How to Stop Your Cats from Fighting
1 April, 2014

It is always preferable to have two cats in your home so that each cat has a companion.  Some cats are better left as the sole cat of the home, but for the most part, two is preferable. However, what if your cats don’t get along and are constantly fighting?  Below are some tips to help.

Make sure both cats are spayed or neutered

The first step toward eliminating cat fighting is to spay and neuter your cats.  Neutering and/or spaying your kittens invariably makes them calm down and it avoids their being in heat (not to mention that it helps with the overpopulation of our cats).

Try to avoid the new cat scent

When you bring a new cat into your home, it will have a new cat smell that your existing cat won’t like (at first). Some cats are more bothered by the smell than others. Try to mix their smells so they won’t know whose is whose!   Grab a towel and rub one towel over one cat, then rub the same towel over the second cat to mix their scents. Do this several times a day for a few weeks and then they will knowingly like the mix.

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Make sure to love both of your cats equally

A new cat will almost always get more attention from you than your older kitty. Try to set aside extra one-on-one time with your other cats to assure your existing cat that the new cat is not getting all of your attention. It’s hard for some cats, especially older ones, to adjust to someone interrupting their life and love from their owners.  The more equal the love, the better the cats will get along.

Cats mark their own territory

Cats are territorial, even if the territory extends no further than the end of your bed. When you introduce a new cat into your household, the new cat will need to establish his or her own territory and your existing cats will need to defend his or hers. This can result in fights.  Try to discourage the new cat from taking over one of your existing cat’s spots by providing her with her own special spot. Sprinkle it with catnip, a treat and put a towel with her scent on it.

If your cats just can’t get along, you need to separate and then reintroduce them

Get a large dog crate and place it in a spare room, and put one cat (with a litter box and bed) in the crate, and the other cat outside the crate. Leave them alone in the room together. Do this every day for at least a week, alternating which cat gets left inside the crate.

When things appear calmer, let them out together in the room (but don’t leave them alone together). Play with them, give them treats, and praise good behavior. If one cat starts a fight, put him in the crate. Continue until they can be together in the room without fighting.

Then you can let them have the run of your entire home.  If one cat starts a fight, he or she goes back in the crate. Again, always praise good behavior and reward with treats. Within a few weeks, the two cats should be able to coexist fairly peacefully.

How to break up cat fights without getting hurt

There still could be some fights while you are training your kittens to get along.  So be careful and never reach in and try to separate fighting cats or you will get scratched!  Try using a squirt bottle (filled with water) or toss water on them from a distance (so that they’re not aware that you splashed or sprayed them). Don’t ever hit or chase your cats; it will only make them more aggressive and can permanently destroy their trust in you.

With time, patience and love, your cats will soon be besties or at least get along!

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