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Bad Neighbours - Cat Fights

My cat is fighting with a neighbour’s cat — how can I help calm the situation?

Some cats are naturally timid: the PDSA PAW Report 2018 records that 13% of owners report their cat is afraid of other cats. As cat populations in neighbourhoods increase, cat owners are encountering increased problems with feline territorial disputes.

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Conflicts with neighbour cats outside your home can represent a major source of stress for your cat. Signs that your cat is stressed include:

  • Health problems
  • Hiding away
  • Over grooming
  • Sleeping more than usual, inactivity or hiding in very inaccessible places (eg. inside drawers or beds)
  • Urine Marking/Spraying
  • Inappropriate urination or defecation in the home
  • Over or under eating and therefore weight gain or loss.
  • Injuries from fighting: bite marks, scratches, loss of fur

What can you do to help?

  • Neuter your cat to decrease the likelihood of roaming and conflict.
  • Install ProtectaPet cat fencing around the boundary of your property to keep your cat safe within their core territory
  • Create a stimulating garden for your cat by planting shrubbery they can hide in.
  • Microchip your cat and purchase Sure Pet Care selective entry cat flaps to prevent neighbourhood cats from accessing your cats’ core territory and food
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  • Provide multiple beds and litter trays around the house to offer your cat choice.
  • Within your home, you can also prevent them from viewing outside cats or being observed by them by using blinds or frosted glass.
  • Cats feel safer when hiding or in high places so make sure to provide hidey holes and perches for them.
  • Use a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser where they spend most of time lounging: this will reinforce their perception of your home as a safe and secure place by releasing comforting pheromones.
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Want to read more about cat conflict see our post: how to stop cat conflicts

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