Anyone who owns more than one cat is no stranger to seeing them fight occasionally. No matter how happy you seem to be coexisting together at times, cats will always suddenly have a fight from time to time, but why? There are several reasons, here are a few of the most common and how to deal with them:
Like in most animal hierarchies an alpha cat will put its dominance on the other cats and fight for the position. Occasionally other cats will challenge the alpha cat to try and take their position and this will result in the occasional scrap.
Built up Aggression
Sometimes cats will fight for what looks like no reason at all. This is often because your cat has seen something that has sparked some aggression within. Maybe it saw another cat out the window and couldn’t get to it, or maybe it’s becoming threatened by what it around it.
When cats are still young and developing they often fight with other cats to practice their fighting skills. It is not always done with bad intentions to hurt the other cat, but the defending cat will often respond in an aggressive way making the fight escalate.
Fighting for Territory
It’s well known that cats are very territorial animals. Sometimes cats will just not allow another cat to pass or be near them. Other times cats will fight over their overall area that they patrol. Even seeing another cat in their space out of the window they will sometimes become aggressive and feel the desire to fight it off.
What Should You Do?
To be honest, unless you think you cat is in danger you should not always intervene. It’s important for your cat to establish its boundaries and know where it stands in the hierarchy. If you do intervene never put your hand on the cats as this will involve you in their fight, they may turn and scratch you, or later in your house your cat may cause some damage or act up.
Image: My cat Yingwie