Cats are great pets, and they have a level of independence that dogs don’t have, yet there are sometimes problems with other cats that live in the same area, which is largely a territorial thing. If your cat fights with other cats, this is something you need to stop if possible, and with that in mind, here are a few tips to help curb your cat’s territorial urges.
- Understand the Behaviour – The cat family is indeed large, and when we look at the big cats like lions, tigers and cheetahs, you can see that they have their own territory, and while a pride of lions might have a territory of several hundred square kilometres, a domestic cat would have a much smaller area, yet they still have their patch of turf. Male cats will mark their territory by spraying, indeed female cats will also have a patch of ground that they regard as their own, so if you hear cats whining and screaming at night, this could be one of two things; either a male and female getting to know each other, or a territorial dispute.
- Introducing Another Cat into the Home – This can be tricky, but less so if the new arrival is a kitten. Both male and female cats are more likely to tolerate a kitten than a fully grown feline. The kitten would typically adopt a submissive stance, which would take away any aggression, and as long as the kitten remains submissive, things should be fine. If you are going to introduce a new cat to your home, it is best to keep the new cat in a crate for a few hours, which gives the resident cat a chance to get used to the new arrival without being able to attack. When you do decide to let the cat out of the box, make sure you are there to break up a fight, should one occur. If you want to stop your cats fighting, you need to be vigilant at first, and the atmosphere usually changes after some time.
- Fighting with a Neighbourhood Cat – This is a very difficult thing to stop, and you really have no choice but to let nature take its course. One of the cats will eventually submit to the other, and they will establish their own territorial boundaries, and there could be a few injuries in such a case. Cats like to play, but when they are serious, claws come out and they will try their best to wound their adversary. When playing, they tend to chase each other around a lot, yet when it is a serious encounter, they will clash and this might continue for a few hours, until one gets the upper hand.
Cats are very much like humans in some ways, and a cat might take a dislike to another cat for no apparent reason, while it might be fine with other cats. Fighting can cause serious injuries, so it is a good idea to take out some form of pet insurance, which will cover the vet bills in the event your cat gets into a turf war with another feline.