How to control fights and aggression between cats

How to control fights and aggression between cats

Aggressive behavior and fights between cats take place very often. They cause physical wounds and damage the mind of cats.

Your cat doesn’t often fight, suddenly one day you find them irritable, angry, and unusually biting each other. That problem could indicate your cat is suffering from a number of signs of illness: such as hyperthyroidism, osteoarthritis, dental disease, and central nervous system problems. At this point, you should go to the veterinarian for examination and treatment advice.

If the anger, aggression does not come from a medical cause, it may be due to the reasons below, use follow-up!

Cat body language

All the actions that appear in a cat’s eyes, ears, body, and tail have a meaning to convey their emotions – to you and to other cats and animals. The signs show:

If your cat’s ears are facing back, to the side, or lying flat (airplane ears), they may be upset, angry, or scared.

If their pupils are dilated, they may feel anxious, submissive, or defensively aggressive.

If their tail is low or sandwiched between their legs, they may be feeling anxious.

If the back is arched and the feathers stand on end, they may be scared or angry.

Cats’ voices also convey their emotions:

Growling or hissing shows that your cat is upset, angry, scared, or aggressive.

Howling means your cat is in trouble. It can be painful, stuck, or scary.

Types of causes of cat aggression

Aggressive because of fear. Aggression can appear because cats feel scared, it could be that they are threatened, trapped, intimidated, etc. Now if you or another animal comes close to them they will become aggressive and attack.

Types of causes of cat aggression
Types of causes of cat aggression

Aggressive cats are mother cats, because they perceive a threat to their babies. The mother cat will be less aggressive when the kittens reach weaning age.

When they play too much, cats often become aggressive. We often say it’s “pile, grump.” All cat play is pseudo-aggression, cats can stalk, chase, pet, sneak, pounce, kick, ambush, and even scratch or bite each other while playing. During play can lead to overstimulation, which can escalate into aggression. This usually happens between cats with a significant age difference.

Cats are aggressive when they perceive territorial aggression. All animals can have territories, and cats are no exception. When cats notice their territory is being invaded, they may hiss, wiggle, growl, even stalk or chase the “intruder” — whether it’s another cat or a person.

Methods for managing cat aggression include:

Methods for reducing aggression or fighting among cats vary depending on the type of aggressive behavior.

Swipe or hug your cat.

Create additional hiding places such as boxes and plants for the cat. This allows the cats to escape or hide when they feel threatened or scared.

How to control fights and aggression between cats
hug your cat

Buy more toys for them: 

prevent toy fights between cats.

Praise and reward them when they obey.

Try pheromones, which are cat-scented products. They are very effective in reducing aggression.

Cat isolation

Isolate the cats during their meals, do not feed them together.

How to control fights and aggression between cats
Isolate dogs and cats

What not to do when cats fight

  • As you try to help your cat get along, it’s important to pay attention to whether they’re playing or really fighting. If the war is real, you must take action and see the results of that action.
  • Do not let them be so aggressive that they fight and tear each other apart. Try to distract them, with a loud noise or sudden movement to disrupt their focus on their fight.
  • Do not punish your cat. Punishment can make them fearful or make aggressive behaviors worse.
  • Do not try to reassure your cat, after the aggression. Let it have its own space, quiet alone.
  • If your cat continues to bite. No matter what you try, contact an expert for the best solution.
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