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From Enemies to Friends with These Tips for Feuding Felines


We’ve gone over the problems and possible solutions for sibling rivalry among dogs, but what about when our cats seem to be at odds with each other?  Many cat owners choose to ignore the signs of discontent among their cats, thinking that they will work it out themselves.  But that is rarely the case.  Our feline friends sometimes need a little intervention and coaxing to work out their differences.

The Signs

It is fairly easy to notice when cats are not getting along.  Cats are vocal with their disapproval of any situation, but especially when they are defending themselves or their territory.  Feuding cats will often hiss, growl and yell at each other with pinned ears and hair standing up on their back and/or tail.  You may notice one cat being more shy or aloof than normal, keeping their distance from you and/or the other cat in the house.  One or both cats may turn their aggression toward you or other pets in the house as well.  Missing the litterbox, abnormal eating habits and marking territory are all signs your cat may be unhappy with their feline companion.

But what can you do?

Most cats do not get along with other felines due to improper social skills in early life.  Perhaps your cat had negative experiences in his younger years with other cats and is simply afraid of other cats to this day.  Other cats may be extremely territorial and simply not want another cat in their space.

Whatever the reason, the best way to facilitate a healthy relationship is to ensure each cat can have their own space.  Encourage each cat to enjoy their own perch, bed, scratching post, toys, etc.  DO NOT let cats “fight it out”.  Continued fighting will only distance them from each other further, making a chance for true companionship nearly impossible.

When introducing a new cat to your house, do so slowly.  Keep the new cat in a separate room and allow your cat to become used to the cat’s smells and sounds through the door.  After a week or so, place the new cat in a large cage in a common area of the house.  This will allow your cat to become used to seeing and smelling the new cat while still enjoying his home as he is used to.  Once the new cat is roaming the house freely after a few weeks of this routine, your cat should be used to his presence.  Continue to encourage use of their own spaces such as favorite window spots, litter boxes and beds.  Allow them to use their space together if they can do peacefully.

Change the Scents!

That may sound silly, but cats rely heavily on smells and scents of environments and other cats to gather their information.  Pheromones are given off by our cats at all times and scientists have finally turned them into the perfect assistant to cat parents.  You can buy “happy” cat pheromones to scent your house with these good scents for your cats and encourage a more relaxed, care-free mood.  Use pheromones for introductions, travel, and other stressful experiences to help relax your cat and provide them with a positive experience.