How to prevent a catfight
Cats are known to treat their home like their kingdom and other household members as loyal subjects, so it can get a little rocky when there are two cats trying to rule the roost.
Catfights can turn nasty, resulting in injury to the cats and sometimes to the people trying to break it up. There are a few things you can do to try and avoid this unwanted situation.
Know the signs of a catfight
Before a catfight, there is lots of noise to alert you of the situation. Yowling and hissing is the stage before a physical fight, giving you time to act. Make sure other pets and humans are safely out of the way before addressing the fight.
Don’t reward bad behaviour
If your cats are fighting, do not use treats to lure them away. This will reinforce aggressive behaviour. Instead, preoccupy them with toys. This will allow them to associate each other with fun and playtime instead of fighting.
Give them space
Cats are territorial animals and sharing their space can cause issues to escalate. Giving each cat their own area in your home can ease this tension. Make sure the space is complete with food and water bowls, a scratch post, bed and a litter tray if needed.
If there isn’t room in your home for more than one area, make sure that the space has two of everything so that your cats don’t have to share.
If your cats are displaying very aggressive behaviour, it could be down to hormones. When a cat, especially a male, reaches maturity (between the ages of two and four) they can become more territorial.
You can reduce aggression by spaying or neutering your cats, which should help to eliminate fights. If your cats continue to display aggressive behaviour after neutering, pheromone products such as Feliway can also reduce tension in the household.
Don’t get hurt
The most important thing to remember is do not get involved in a catfight as you could be injured. Distract your cats by throwing a blanket or soft pillow at them. Another method is to make loud noises, such as banging a pan. As a final resort, sprinkle some water on them.
If your cat is injured in a catfight, make sure they have insurance to cover any treatment. Visit www.argospetinsurance.co.uk for a quote today.
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