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How can I get my cats to stop fighting?

They are 2 female spayed cats, lived together 2 years ago, got seperated for 2 years and now back in same household but they will not stop fighting. I thought it would get better after a couple months but it really has not gotten any better. We have 2 litter boxes and 2 diffrent feeding areas. Do not know what else to do.

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vampkity13

Asked by vampkity13 at 9:04 AM on Mar. 15, 2011 in Pets

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  • Unless they are causing harm to one another, let them work it out. My older cat fights with the younger ones. He is grumpy. He does not hurt them, but lets them know he doesn't like younger cats. They will find places in the house that is each theirs.

    dancinintherain

    Answer by dancinintherain at 9:18 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • Do you separate them, or let them have at it? I know that sometimes when cats fight, they are trying to settle who is the alpha female or male. You might have two strong headed female cats that both believe they are the head of the household. Anyhow, eventually...through enough bickering & fighting with each other....they may settle on who can be the head of household. In the future, it's always better to have one male & one female because it's less likely they will fight over this stuff. One can be the alpha male & the other can be the alpha female....no problems. Dogs do this too...

    So, if you keep them separated, they will never get over this argument they have. Allow them bicker , talk & slap each other a little so they can get over this battle. One one establishes head of household & the other backs down, it will ease up.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:19 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • True, if one is a lot older....she just may want her space & just not care for the other cat. I have had cats like that too...
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:20 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • I also agree with the fighting for top spot answer.
    dancinintherain

    Answer by dancinintherain at 9:24 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • give it more time i have two cats they are momma and son. and have neer been seperated they used to lay together clean eachother everything. then all of a sudden momma got a bug up her butt and she wouldnt let him within 10 feet of her without her hissing and growling she would even go attack him and he wasnt doing anything but sitting somewhere and out of the blue she would swipe at him. this went on for about 3 or 4 months then she calmed down a bit for a couple months then went right back to it. finally after 5 or 6 months they now play together again sleep together ans even clean eachother. when we first saw then cleaning and laing together again we thought something was wrong but now things are peaceful. my cats are inside outside cats but i didnt give in on the food bowl. i also figured out it was the food cuz when we switched food they got better. cats are weird.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 9:26 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • Everytime they start to fight you spray them with water. They won't like that and they'll seperate.
    It's not different then children. You just continuously tell them "No" or give them a punishment (for a child it'd be a timeout). They'll eventually put two and two together and settle it down.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:27 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • "then all of a sudden momma got a bug up her butt and she wouldnt let him within 10 feet of her without her hissing and growling she would even go attack him and he wasnt doing anything but sitting somewhere and out of the blue she would swipe at him."

    This is actually normal. Momma was saying "i am no longer your momma". in the cat world, they have to get that across. Cats are not like humans where they care for their young even when they get old. Once a mother's kittens get older, they tell them they are done & let their grown cats know their place. My mom breed cats, so...i have lots of experience. We constantly had cats & kittens. We had 5 cats that belonged to us & she kept breeding them. 3 Siberian & 2 Balinese.

    Spraying water is supposed to be very stressful for a cat, we used to do it until the vet said not to.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:57 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • they are fighting for dominance, as soon as one cat submits, it will end
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:00 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • They are just figuring out who will be Cat Boss.


    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 7:55 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

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