Sometimes sharing a home can be difficult for cats. In fact, 60% of cat owners with more than 1 cat in the house report issues of tension between cats.
Cats are naturally solitary animals and prefer free access to water, food, litter trays, bedding, exits, and entrances. In a home with more than one cat, this can cause competition between the cats for these things, which in turn creates conflict. These conflicts can be stressful for your cats and lead to unwanted behaviors of hissing, growling, fighting, hiding or other signs of antagonism.
See some video advice from our veterinary advisor on providing enough resources in the home and the ideal placement of those resources (includes food dishes, water bowls, litter boxes, etc).
If you optimize their resources and your cats are still fighting, try Feliway MultiCat.
A great way to help curtail this situation is to use Feliway MultiCat to restore the home as a safe environment and reduce tension and conflct between the cats.
*DePorter T, Lopez A, Olliver E, Evaluation of the efficacy of a new pheromone product vs. placebo in the management of feline aggression in multi-cat households. Proc ACVB Veterinary Behavior Symposium, Denver 2014.
Use a Feliway MultiCat diffuser in the room most frequented by your cats. Several diffusers may be needed in large or multi-level homes.
Create multiple access points for valuable resources: Litter boxes (1 per cat + 1 extra), multiple food stations, multiple drinking opportunities (away from food), enough climbing, hiding, and sleeping areas for each cat.
Make sure these resources are spread around the house and on each floor to avoid competition for access. Avoid noisy or high-traffic areas.
Single cat-sized sleeping perches have been shown to help reduce individual cat stress in multi-cat households.
Covered litter boxes may increase tension in some multi-cat households.
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