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How to Stifle Aggression Between Cats

February 27th, 2012 Pets

If your kitty has spent the last several years marking every object in site as his, he may not be thrilled at the prospect of sharing it all with a new cat. Socializing two cats isn't always easy, but there are a few ways you can make things easier on yourself and ensure a smoother transition process.

According to the Humane Society, if your cats have been fighting a lot and you see them entering another stand-off, preventative measures can help ease tension. Try making a loud noise, squirting them with water or throwing something soft at them. They will usually become startled and run off. Also note that you shouldn't directly punish the cats for fighting, or they may respond even more aggressively the next time you put them together.

Catster suggests forcing proximity on your cats without giving them the chance to fight. Pick up a large dog crate (enough so one kitty can move around freely), place one cat inside and keep him in there while the other roams free. Alternate which cat is in the crate every day. Ideally, this will allow them to become used to each other without being able to fight.

When they seem more comfortable around one another, try giving the cats monitored playtime in the same room. Have plenty of treats on-hand and readily reward good behavior and actively engage them with their favorite toys. If one starts to get rowdy, put him back in the crate until he's calmed down. It may take some time, but things should hopefully become civil within a month or two. Understand that some cats are simply never going to be good friends, however, in spite of your best efforts.