Sometimes cats like to fight. These are some problematic behaviours (like fighting and aggression) that can come gradually or suddenly. But when they are happening, your cats or even you can be living under stress. So we will discuss some types and aggression of cats and how to avoid them.
It may occur in situations when your cat feels trapped or threatened. When your cat feels afraid or cold, they will act aggressively to defend themselves.
It may happen when a person or an animal tries to approach a Mother cat or her kittens. The Mother cat will hiss, growl, or even scratch and bite another cat trying to get close. This aggression usually goes away when the Mother cat feels safe.
All animals try to be territorial, so it goes without saying cats are no exception. When cats sense their territory is at stake, they will chase, growl, hiss, swat at any cat or animal who feel like an intruder to them.
The feline play will consist of mock aggression, meaning that rough play is nothing out of the ordinary. Cats may try to stalk, sneak, swipe, chase, ambush, and even try to scratch another cat during play. However, this play can lead to overstimulation which will ignite aggression. This commonly happens in between a lot of cats.
Now to overcome this problem, you have to understand their body language. Your cat’s ears, eyes, tail, and body will attempt to communicate with you through their feelings. Here are some body languages that will help you to understand your cat.
- If you notice that the ears are sideways, backwards or lying flat, they are much annoyed, frightened or angry.
- If you notice that the back is arched and the fur seems to stand, they are angry or scared.
- If you notice that the pupils are dilated, they are likely to feel submissive, defensively aggressive, or nervous.
- If you notice that their tail is holding low or tucked in between their thighs, then know that they are feeling agitated or anxious.
Now here are some methods to stop the fighting:
- Try to neuter or spray your cats because fighting is widespread between unneutered males.
- Try to provide hiding spots or additional perches. This will help your cat to hide when they feel it.
- Try having plenty of supplies for your cats. Because if you have limited supplies, it really can lead to fighting due to shortage.
- If you have pheromones, use them because it mimics a natural cat odour, which will reduce aggression.
- Please keep your cats separate, especially during the mealtime.
- Always praise and reward them if possible.
Following these steps will help you to reduce the battles between your cats.