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Cat-on-Cat Aggression

Cat-on-Cat Aggression

Changes in a household, such as the arrival of another pet, can upset social tranquility and result in feline feuds. That's why it's so important to take your time when introducing cats to a new feline member of the household. Often, territorial boundaries are the underlying cause of the dispute.When this happens, separate the feuding felines and slowly reintroduce them to one another using the same tactics as when they were introduced in the first place.If these spats continue, the problem needs to be discussed with a veterinarian, who may consider the use of antianxiety medication for the aggressor. Alternatively, discuss the problem with a cat behaviorist who is qualified to handle aggression issues. Many behaviorists not only consult in person but also by phone, which may be more convenient if they don't have an office in your area.There are a number of reasons why cats suddenly attack one another. For example, a cat who has been to the veterinarian to be spayed or neutered may be hissed at on returning home because she or he smells differently. Even a routine checkup at the vet's office can trigger such a response. Once the strange smells wear off, things go back to normal. One of the advantages for cats who have an indoor-only lifestyle or are only allowed out into a secured garden area is that they cannot hop the wall and pick a fight with a neighbor's cat, which will, of course, induce a new set of problems for the household, especially if they injure one another and you end up with the vet bills!

From The Cat Bible, Copyright by Sandy Robins, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with I-5 Press

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