Cats don’t like to share, so the most common cause of conflict between cats is competition for resources. This includes:
- food bowls
- water bowls
- litter boxes
- scratching posts
To avoid tension caused by competition, give each cat their own their own set of resources and put them in separate areas. You can also place them on different levels, one on the floor and one higher up, if you're short on space.
Another potential cause of tension is the rapid introduction of a new cat. Cats need time to adjust to a new cat.
When there is tension between your cats, it will not resolve on its own.
You need to take steps to help your cats get along, as cats do not reconcile after conflict. Instead, tension remains permanent with more subtle signs developing like blocking or staring…
Using FELIWAY FRIENDS will help your cats live together in harmony. Use several diffusers if your cats spend their time in different rooms.
Are Your Kitties Friends or Fierce Foes?
First be sure to recognize your cats’ language. Fighting and playing can look very similar sometimes.
Take the test to see if you can tell the difference!
FRIENDS OR FOES? TAKE THE TEST!
If your cats are just playing, they should be silent, with gentle biting, retracted claws, and chasing both ways.
So if you see your cats biting seriously, fighting with claws, if you hear screams, or if chasing is only one way, they are not best friends!
More subtle signs of conflict include: staring at each other, blocking each others pathways and hiding away.