Aggression Between Cats at Home: Causes and Solutions

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Aggression Between Cats at Home: Causes and Solutions
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Inter-cat aggression is not unheard of. There could be many reasons why your cats are being aggressive toward each other. Being the independent and adaptable animals that they are, cats do not find the need to get along with other cats at home. They may try and avoid each other if they do not get along. Cats get into outright fights only when they are cornered or they know that the other cat won't retaliate. If your cats have been engaging in physical conflicts and hostile acts, don't just let it sit. Cats do not just resolve their fights if you let them be, chances are their physical brawls will only get worse if you do not intervene.

What's causing aggression between your cats?

The first step to resolving the aggression between your cats is to find out what is causing it in the first place. If your cats have been living harmoniously previously, and have resorted to physical fights out of nowhere, then you want to trace back to see since when their behavior has changed. Is your cat reacting this way ever since the other cat returned from the vet visit? It could be its response due to territorial aggression. Or has there been any changes in and around the house? Your cat could be redirecting its aggression toward the other cat as a result. They may just be fighting over the shared food bowl or

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, for all you know. Cats resort to bullying too, especially so if the other cat in question shows apprehension or similar responses when the cat takes a threatening or aggressive stance. Sometimes, cats act aggressive due to conditions like arthritis. Either way, you want to figure out what is leading to this aggressive behavior in your cats.

Resolving aggression

Separate the cats using a blanket or a water gun. You can even use a loud rattling noise or clap to startle them and break the fight. If they are resorting to fights as they have to share the same resources, then cut down the competition by giving them both separate bowls, litter boxes and such. Pheromones can help reduce cat aggression (use it with a diffuser). Isolate them in separate rooms for a few days, and have brief supervised sessions where they are in each other's company. If they do not show any signs of aggression you can increase the time that they spend around each other, else go back to separating them. Don't try and calm your cat when it's being aggressive, it is best left alone until it calms down. Have a vet look at your cat to see if a medical condition or injury may be leading to aggressive behavior.

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