Cohabitation between cats is not always easy! It is common for cats to “fight”, to run after each other, to bite, etc. Faced with this table, the owners do not always know if it is a question of games or conflicts. We invite you to read on to know how to differentiate games from conflicts between cats.
When the cats play together, they can run after each other, chew themselves, roll and roll, etc … which can make one think of “fights”. But unlike conflicts, cats do not have an aggressive attitude: they do not spit on the other cat, they do not injure themselves, they do not puff, they do not have bristles, etc.
Kittens are often very playful. It is not uncommon for them to annoy other cats in the house to play with them!
A sequence of games can end in conflicts when one of the two cats does not want to play or does not want to play anymore. This is the case, for example, of kittens living with older cats who do not wish to be disturbed as often: conflicts may arise. To avoid this problem, it is advisable to enrich the kitten’s environment so that it can take care of and leave the other cat alone with cat trees, toys, scratching posts, etc. You will find all our advice for choosing the most suitable toys for your kitten in our “What toys for my cat?”
Unlike games, conflicts are very noisy, cats cry a lot. Injury is possible due to scratches and injuries. Conflicts can cause anxiety in cats. Some cats can remain prostrate permanently if they are constantly attacked by another cat, they can refuse to eat, and undesirable behaviors can appear (uncleanliness for example), etc… The conflicts are thus to be limited to the maximum for the well-being and health of cats living in a household.
It is advisable not to intervene during conflicts between cats unless one of the cats risks being injured: a loud noise will make them flee.
Conflicts can arise for several reasons including the sharing of resources, the arrival of a new cat, sexual behavior, a health problem (a painful animal can become aggressive), etc.
In order to limit conflicts, it is first of all advisable to offer cats their own resources: bowls, litter, beds, etc. to avoid conflicts related to the sharing of resources. All cats must be sterilized (from the age of 6 months) to avoid conflicts related to sexual behavior.
If you adopt a kitten, care must be taken on its arrival so that the agreement with the cats is the best possible. You will find all our advice in the file “Arrival of the kitten and cohabitation with other animals “.
A Feliway Friends pheromone diffuser can be installed to limit conflicts and promote peaceful coexistence between cats in a home. It can be combined with the Feliway diffuser if cats are anxious. An anti-stress food supplement can also be given to cats if conflicts are a source of stress.
If conflicts persist or if you observe other anomalies (anxiety, unwanted behavior, loss of appetite, etc.), it is advisable to consult a veterinarian. He can determine the origin of the conflicts and set up treatment (behavioral therapy and / or medical treatment).