THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
Bringing home a new cat is an exciting time for pet owners. Unfortunately, your pet at home might not feel the same way. Cats can be territorial and it's not uncommon for cats to have a hard time getting along.
Managing Cat Aggression:
- Stop Fighting Early On - Make it clear that fighting is a problem. The more often cats fight, the worse the problem will become overtime. Stop the fighting by making a loud noise or squirting the cats with water.
- Avoid Touching Them - While your instinct might be to physically keep the cats apart when they are fighting, we don't want you to become scratched or bitten.
- Don't Punish Them - Punishment could insight further aggression and make the problem worse.
- Don't Add Another Pet - Some cats are more willing to share a home with multiple cats who share the same territory. However, this can also increase the likelihood that some of your cats might not get along with each other. It is better to address the issue with your two cats before adding others.
If you notice aggression between your cats, contact our office. Your pet may experience aggression if they aren't feeling well. Cats are very good at hiding symptoms of illness. You can also check out this article for more information on how to manage behavioral aggression between cats.