Does your cat get into fights with the neighbourhood moggies?
Cat’s like their own space and will protect the area they think of as ‘theirs’. It’s natural for cat’s to fight when they cross paths but they can injure each other. Regular fighting can also make your cat stressed. It’s best to do what you can to help your cat avoid these situations.
Stopping spats: our top tips
- Let your cat choose when to go outside. If there’s another cat in the neighbourhood that your cat doesn’t get along with, they’ll quickly learn each other’s routine. Your cat will know when their sworn enemy is out and about and will stay in to avoid bumping into them. Never force your cat outside if they’d prefer to stay in.
- Choose a cat flap which recognises your cat’s microchip so that other cats can’t get into your house. This way, your cat can safely come and go as they choose without the worry of other cats coming into their home.
- Getting your cat neutered can help as unneutered tom cats can be more aggressive. Find out more about the benefits of neutering your cat. If you know the owner of a cat that may be fighting with your cat, have a chat to them to check that their cat is neutered, too. If you keep having problems between cats, try to agree on a schedule for when each cat goes outside.
- Check your garden is secure. A garden with a high fence will keep your cat in and neighbourhood cats out. Make sure lots to keep your cat occupied. A garden full for plants and bushes will give them lots to sniff at and explore. You can also give your cat a scratching post and some toys. Read our vets’ advice on buying toys for your cat.