Cats are very different to each other. Some are kind, some are not. Some are patient, some are not.
Here are tips on how to reduce aggressive behavior between cats in a multi-cat household.
- Do your homework before you choose.
- Breed, age and sex could play a huge role in the way your cats will get along. Two kittens from the same litter will be your best bet. If all you cats are neutered or sprayed, gender will not matter much.
- Prepare your cats for life’s challenges.
- Any well-socialized cat will be much more confident and better prepared to cope in most situations. She’ll be easier to introduce to new feline companion and will probably make friends much quicker.
- Never rush introductions
- Take it slow. Keep your new cat in a ‘safe’ room for atleast a week before bringing her face-to-face with your current cat.
- Keep toilet facilities clean and tidy
- Provide more than one litter tray and place them in different parts of the house so each cat can their own privacy.
- Dish up enough for everyone
- Never create situation where your cats have to compete for food.
- Enough love to go around
- Give all your cats as much attention as possible. Jealousy can easily cause fighting, so make sure none of your cats feel left out.
- Keep them occupied
- Boredom could lead to fighting so keep your cats stimulated. Provide enough toys and scratch pads so they do not have to compete.
Extracted from: Animal Talk. ‘9 ways to keep the peace,’ April 2015.