Fight between cats is not such a strange concept anymore. It is quite difficult for you to prevent their growls, bites, and scratches. This means that you cannot keep peace easily.
Fortunately, there are still some ways to prevent a fight between cats. They will help you know how to make cats get along.
The reason why cats do not get along
At first, you should understand why cats fight each other to prevent this. Naturally, cats often have a close relationship with their mothers and siblings. However, when separating from the herd, they will tend to become independent.
If any other kitties violate their territory, they will have signs of preventing that. And even when in family, fights often occur when felines are trying to protect things they consider as theirs such as living area, toy or owner.
Tips to prevent fights between felines
- When fights begin, instinctively, you will shout out and clap. Nevertheless, this can make everything worse.
- Instead, keep calm and insert something (like a big piece of the hardcover) between cats. If two pets fight each other at that time, just hold the nape of one of them.
- You should separate them in an interval for them to keep calm. The reason is that in each fight, their relationship will become worse!
Tips to make cats get along
This is similar to making cats and dogs get along. The following tips may be quite useful to you:
- Just let kitties be in a separate area, supply them with food, water, and relaxing space. Then just make them familiar with each other by themselves.
- Firstly, you should let kittens share their odors. You should let them eat near each other, too. The linkage of food taste will make them more comfortable.
- Next, it is time for them to meet each other. Just let kittens opposite each other through a fence panel. They can see and smell each other but in a safe zone.
- When you feel that there are not any problems, you can let them meet each other without using a fence panel anymore. You can have your friends or members in your family support these steps if you are not at home regularly. This can restrict fights between cats maximally anytime.
In case you nourish another kitty
How to help the old cat and the new tom make friends together?
Nourishing another cat will have a significant impact on your present cat. So, you should consider your decision carefully and introduce them in the right way.
Tips to introduce the new kitty and the old cat with each other
“Calm” and “patience” are the solution. Although felines can sometimes unite with each other in only some hours after the first meeting, you should not be surprised if they growl and fight each other right strongly in front of you. That can happen if you introduce the new purring to the old cat hurriedly.
Spending time for the acquaintance process is super important. This will help you save the time of being a “mediator” each day. Additionally, the first weeks can even shape their relationship in the long run. So, doing properly at first will help you leisurely later.
Here are steps I advise you to implement to help your new cat get on well with your old cat
Step 1: Helping cats exchange odor
The odor is a super significant element to cats. Just let them smell the odor of each other indirectly by rubbing a towel on the one and then letting the other one smell it. This will help them accept that odor like an ordinary smell in the house soon.
You should borrow the new cat’s blanket from the old boss and bring it for your present cat at home. And you should ask if you can bring your current cat’s blanket for the new cat. In some cases, this is impossible, especially for kittens.
Yet, if you can exchange cats’ odors, you are sending a super important communication sign right from the start.
Step 2: Preparing a private room
This can be considered as “creating safe space” for the new cat. You should put food, water, sand tray (don’t put sand tray near bowls of food and water), mattress, toy, and sweaters (if it is cold) for the new cat in that safe space.
There are several cats when coming to a new house, they adapt very well. However, it is not that all cats are like that. Before bringing the new cat to home, you should:
Choose a quiet room in your house (bedroom or bathroom). This room will be the place where the new cat separates safely with the old cat in several days. Just be sure that it is the place where the old cat came, and members of your family can come quickly to contact and play with the new cat. This place must also have food, water, toy, and a soft bed for the cat. You should choose the room with 1-2 inches slit under the door for two cats to make friends together.
You can see that your old cat and new cat have the behavior of breathing and smelling at the “separated area” (the door). This is very normal and natural to cats. They are only beginning to understand the “rank” of each other on the other side of the door.
Sometimes, just let them exchange their positions. You should let your new cat discover the common living space in your house and let your old cat understand the “safe space” of the new one.
Step 3: Letting two cats eat on two sides of the door
Put two plates of food on two sides of the door, if one of the two kitties refuses to eat, you can feed him or her at another position but still put two plates of food there. By letting kits experience something positive (a delicious meal or snacks) when they are near each other, they can gradually cooperate positively.
If one of them is growling or hissing with the rest through the door, you should stop setting them near each other. Just continue gradually to feed them in this way.
Step 4: Letting kittens exchange odor around the house
After one or two days, just let your old cat and new feline smell the odor of each other through the ajar door. At that time, only assess their harmony level. If both cats eat and drink well, seem to be comfortable and keep calm on the two sides of the door, it is time to let them exchange odor around the house:
You should keep your old cat in the room. Meanwhile, just allow your new cat to wander in the house. This cat should use the other’s stuff like food, a bowl of water, a bed, a toy, etc.
You should continue to let two cats eat near each other, too. While the new kitten discovers the house, you can close doors of bedrooms and bathrooms so that they don’t feel overwhelmed. On some days, you should open one or two doors simultaneously and widen space for the fur to come.
If one of the two meowing fellows seems to be frustrated, stressful, scared, you can implement the exchange mentioned above. You should let your new cat in the room some days then wander around your house some days.
After that, just let them come back to that room and implement this alternately with your old cat. This helps to ensure the odor exchange.
Step 5: Letting kittens contact sight with each other
If everything seems to be good, two felines act, eat, drink, sleep and relax normally, this means that you are doing very well. The next step is to open the separate door but still put a fence to some extent for them to be able to see and smell each other. Then just let them eat on the two sides of the door and convert them back and forth.
Step 6: Letting kitties meet each other
When you feel that they have been ready, you should let them meet each other under your supervision. You don’t need to be too worried if they growl but just meddle fast when they fight each other.
You should be patient and slowly implement this step, depending on how quickly they are concordant with each other. If the cats seem to be harmonious, even a little bit, remember praising them much!
If two meowing pals always act, eat, drink, sleep, and usually relax, it is time to remove the fence. Maybe there are some a few hiss sounds, but kitties will resolve by themselves. If they seem to be able to tolerate, ignore, or interact with each other, you are successful.
Just let two furballs be with each other. Separating them is a good idea at first to ensure that you see every interaction of them and know precisely what is happening. When feeling two paw fellows live peacefully together, you can shorten the time of this step.
You should let the first activities they implement with each other are happy ones so that they will link with the presence of each other gradually with a pleasant feeling. You can feed them (remember using separate bowls), play with them, and cuddle them. Don’t forget to give them many compliments.
If they still have problems, one of them is not happy and you followed all of the steps above, this means that merging them seems to be inefficient. In other words, if everything starts to develop in the wrong way, just continue to isolate them and start again from the step before. If one of them seems to be stubborn and uncomfortable, just stop temporarily in an interval and try later.
The acquaintance process can take from two hours to six months. Therefore, don’t be disappointed if your kitties are not harmonious at first! Usually, they will be good friends finally!
- If you think of adopting a kitten to befriend the mature kitty at home, consider adopting two kittens (not one). This will helps two kittens play with each other while the mature cat learns how to love them.
- If you are nourishing more than one kitten, you should let the “alpha” cat (the leader cat) have an acquaintance with the new cat first. Once the alpha cat accepts the new member, the remaining cats will imitate soon.
- Many attentions and cuddles are necessary things for all cats in this stage. Please remember that the primary goal is letting cats connect happiness with the presence of each other!
With patience, you may help felines be a family. You may help the new kitten have a loving home, too! Good luck!