How to Stop Your Cats from Fighting

If you've asked yourself, "Why are my cats fighting? And how do I get them to stop?", you've come to the right place! Here are several tips, and a product recommendation to help your cats go from fighting foes to friendly felines.

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Make sure there are enough resources for each cat

  • Litter Boxes
  • Food and water bowls
  • Scratching Posts
  • Bedding
  • Toys
2

Provide additional perches / private hiding areas

  • If there are more hiding spots, and places to hang out, this allows each cat to have more of their own space, and reduces conflict
  • Cats are very territorial, and if they feel like the other cat is encroaching on their space, that can cause conflict, so it is beneficial for each cat to have their own space!
3

Reward cats with treats or praise if you see them interacting in a positive way

  • If you see your cats getting along, praise them with gentle, kind words, and a treat
4

Keep Scents Consistent

  • Scent is very important to cats, and they like smells they are comfortable with (especially their own scent)
  • If your cats were previously getting along, and now they aren’t after an event where one cat could have brought back different scents (like a visit to the vet), rub the returning cat with a towel from home
  • Bonus points if the towel has the scent of the cat who remained at home
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  • ThunderEase is a drug-free formula that mimics a cat’s maternal nursing pheromone. It is important for establishing bonds betweens moms, her kittens, and littlermates. The diffuser helps to send “harmony messages” to help cats get along
  • It is clinically proven to help reduce conflict between cats
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"I have two rescue cats. They came home from the shelter I work with at different times and both had been traumatized. One at 2 days old, the other as an adult. The adult female would pick on the kitten relentlessly. The vet recommended I try ThunderEase - Thank God for her suggestion. They are doing so well now. It’s been over two weeks and they are no longer fighting! This product works."

Oma
CAT OWNER

"This is amazing. I have a cat rescue with multiple cats. Three are skittish and get "bullied". I plugged this in yesterday afternoon, in the plug in the living room, centrally in my home so it covers to most area. There have been NO fights, NO hassling, and everyone is getting along. I am amazed! I am even calmer, knowing the cats are calmer. Do NOT hesitate if you have arguing cats. This REALLY works."

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CAT OWNER

"Magical, cat potion of befriending. This stuff took about 48 hours to really kick in, but once it did, the difference was night and day. We took in an outdoor barn cat that had been injured and lost her tail, now has to stay inside, our other house cat was not pleased. ThunderEase turned aggressive behavior into playtime within a week. Within the month they now cuddle together. Highly recommend for new introductions or multi cat aggressive behavior."

Spencer
CAT OWNER

How to Stop Your Cats from Fighting

Additional Helpful Tips

What not to do:

  • Let the cats “fight it out” - rarely does a cat fight actually solve the conflict between cats 
    • Whenever possible, try to interrupt cats and redirect their attention before a fight actually starts. For example, if you see one cat staring at or stalking another, rattle a bag of treats or food, toss a favorite toy  nearby where the cats can see it or dangle feather toy near one of the cats.If a fight starts before you can interrupt it, don’t yell at the cats or make other loud noises, this can increase their fear and aggression and make the fight worse. Instead, throw a heavy blanket over them, if this does not stop the fighting and cause them to separate, ti cna safely allow you to grasp one of the cats in the blanket and take them to a different room to calm down.

But whyyyy are they fighting in the first place? 

  1. It is normal for cats to dislike unfamiliar cats.In a natural environment, cats would only live with their relatives and a few  “outsiders” that they allow to join their social group after a long period of time in which the animal slowly and patiently hangs around until it is accepted. 
  2. Introducing a new cat into the home must always be done gradually. You can't just throw 2 unfamiliar cats together and expect them to get along.
  3. If your kitty grew up as the only feline child and has never seen another cat, they might react strongly to another cat because they are afraid. They may not know how to interact normally with other cats because they never had the chance to learn.
  4. Cats can live together as friends sometimes for years until something scary or stressful happens (like seeing a strange cat or dog outside)that causes one cat to turn on another. This is called redirected aggression and after it happens, cats can stay mad at each other for a very long time. Cats, unlike dogs or people, don’t know how to “kiss and make up”. 
  5. Cats have the ability to live together without being friends.In these cases, they just need to be able to avoid each other and have easy access to the things they require such as food, water, litter boxes and elevated resting spaces where they can feel safe.  If too many cats are confined together in a home without enough space to get away from each other occasionally, then you are much more likely to see fighting.
  6. If one cat is taken away to the vet, even for a few hours, sometimes when the cat is returned, he smells so different to the other cat or cats in the home that they may treat him as if he is a complete stranger and attack him. In these cases, the cats may continue to stay mad at each other and fighting may continue if something is not done to treat the problem.