How To Stop Cats From Fighting
That meowing and hissing and screeching isn’t a girl fight at the bar, it’s a full-on feline brawl, and you need to know how to stop cats from fighting before your house turns into a zoo. When two or more cats share a household, one of them may want to be dominant, and a cat spat will ensue. Luckily, you can stop your cats from battling with a few simple tricks.
- Take preventative measures. Make sure your cats nails are clipped and filed—sharp nails can cause open wounds and injury to you and to other cats. Make sure each cat has its own litter box, food and water bowls, and toys located in separate places throughout your household. This will help prevent a cat fight over territory. Spaying and neutering your cats will also stop a cat brawl before it starts.
- Stay calm and don't raise your voice. Yelling, screaming and noise will only make the cats more aggressive. Instead, act fast and talk in a calm tone to break up fighting felines.
- Don’t try to physically separate fighting cats. If the cat-fight has begun, don’t put your body between them. Their emotions are running high and they may lash out at you with teeth or claws, especially if they don't recognize you because they're in the heat of the moment. Instead, try one of these tricks.
- Make a startling sound. Clap your hands, slam a heavy object on your table, or shake a jar of loose change. The sharp sound will startle the cats and stop them from fighting.
- Throw a pillow or blanket on the cats. A soft pillow thrown with a bit of force will send a message fast. The pillow will either scare the fighting cats into submission, or distract the aggressor long enough for the victim to escape. Throwing a blanket over the cats will also disturb and distract them from their spat.
- Spray the cats with a water pistol. A quick squirt of water will harmlessly grab the fighting felines attention long enough for the brawl to stop and for the victim to make haste.
- Toss a toy in the middle of the cat fight. Direct the toy toward the attention of the aggressor cat. Best-case scenario, the cat’s attention will be diverted, and the victim will be able to retreat.