Common Behavior Problems
Cats Who Don't Get Along with Other Cats
You may have acquired a second cat with the best of intentions.
Many loving cat owners feel guilty leaving their cats home alone
all day and decide to obtain another cat to keep their resident
Cats can be very sensitive about who they like to associate with.
Some cats are not very social and are clearly happier as single
cats. Cats also have personality clashes just like people do. They
may get along with certain other cats, but not others.
Initial introductions are vitally important in helping family pets
develop good relationships. You must micro-manage these introductions
down to the last detail. You never want to just put the cats together
and see what happens. An introduction that goes badly can set the
stage for a difficult relationship for months to come, sometimes
A sudden onset of relationship problems between cats who have a
history of getting along is often triggered by redirected aggression.
One cat is provoked by an outside event – such as seeing a
cat outside – and redirects her aggression onto the other
family cat. For an overview of why cats don't get along and how
to help, purchase our CD, Helping
Cats Co-Exist: Creating Feline Friendships.
Fighting and social conflicts between family cats can be complex
problems to resolve. We suggest you schedule
a consultation with us, for the individual, customized
assistance these problems often need.
Because cats are very territorial, if you allow yours to go outside
of your yard unsupervised, there’s a good chance he’ll
get in a fight with another cat in the neighborhood. Although cat
fights often sound worse than they really are, abscesses from bites
can be very nasty. Cats can also transmit contagious diseases to
one another, some of which are life threatening.
The easiest way to prevent these fights is to not allow your cat
outside unsupervised. You can also schedule
an individual consultation.