You may notice tension, conflict or aggression between the cats in your home, and in turn the cats will stop marking their home through facial marking .
This can lead your cats to spend less time with you and they may start acting mischievously such as scratching, urine spraying, or displaying aggression towards other cats.
See some video advice from veterinary advisor on what you can do to help cats get along and reduce conflict or fighting:What You Can Do to Stop Cats Fighting or Conflict
A great way to curtail this situation is utilising a Feliway Diffuser to restore the home as a safe environment and reduce tension between the cats.
Feliway Diffuser helps in multi-cat households where there is tension between cats by decreasing overall stress.
Feliway Diffuser should be associated to the environmental recommendations provided below for multicat homes.
In cases where recognised aggression is displayed (fights, attacks and wounding), consulting your veterinarian or a behaviourist is strongly recommended.
Cats love their private space, so the best way to create cohesiveness and defuse conflict in a multi-cat household is to give each cat its own resources.
Use a Feliway Diffuser in the room most frequented by your cats. Several diffusers may be needed in large or multi-level homes, when cats have different living areas.
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 locations with limited access in and out. Avoid noisy or high traffic areas.
To minimize stress for cats, never punish or startle the involved cats after an aggressive encounter. Do not intervene as the risk for accidental aggression to people is very high when a cat is aroused.
Covered litter boxes may increase tension in some multi-cat households.
Single cat-sized sleeping perches have been shown to help reduce individual cat stress in multi-cat households.
Feliway Diffusers help in multi-cat households where there is tension between cats by decreasing overall stress. In cases where recognized aggression is displayed (fights, attacks and wounding), consulting your veterinarian or a behaviourist is strongly recommended.
* cat conflict image kindly provided by Gwenaël Outters