Cat Behavior & Training

Six Tips How to Break Up Cats Fighting

Seeing cats fighting isn’t uncommon, for one they are extremely territorial which instinctively makes them protective over whatever they’re trying to protect. Sometimes it appears cats fight over nothing and let’s face it some cats are worse than others.

Here is one example: my next door neighbors cat constantly tries to claim our garden grounds as his own, this alone creates a instant flight with my cat.

How Do We Handle Cats Fighting?

Here, I’m going to attempt to show you some great suggestions on how to deal with and end cat fights…

Tip 1. I suggest firstly, you refrain from striking the cats with your hands. This is human natural instinct, but actually this could make the scenario a whole lot worse and you yourself could end up being attacked. They may redirect their anger directly onto you and of course this could turn nasty.

Tip 2. One of the simplest ways to break up cats fighting is to use a water hose. Since the majority of cats hate water, then the very noise of water gushing out of the hose should break up the flight. But, if that fails then aim the water directly towards their body or lastly their nostrils.

Tip 3. Not everyone has a hose handy, but most cat owners own a broom. Use a long handled broom otherwise you may get scratched and hurt, aim the brush end between the cats to put a stop to the cats fighting.

Tip 4. If you don’t own a hose or a broom, then you could use a device that creates some sort of noise. An air horn is a good device or if your feeling spend thrifty then the Pet Corrector is also handy to leave lying around the house for those intense occasions.Cats Fighting

Tip 5. Though maybe not handy everyone owns a cup and water; if you’re quick enough to grab a plastic cup and fill it up with water, then quickly end the fight by appropriately throwing some water into their faces.

Tip 6. If the cats are in frozen position but have made zero contact, then quickly slide a newspaper or something similar between them; this blocks their vision from each other.

This gives the cats an opportunity to relax and run away from from each other or at least the dominant one runs away, which will give you an opportunity to pick up the tame cat.

Never pick up a cat when they’re fighting or are about to fight, this could instigate an aggressive attack and you could get very hurt in the process.

Tip 7. Some fights aren’t too aggressive thus it is possible to give an almighty hand clapping sound. Often, this is enough to scare off the perpetrator and of course it is the quickest and cheapest method. I use this method for both cats and dogs instinctively, but use the above options if this fails for whatever reason.

When cats get into aggressive flights they can incur abscesses quite easily, which can pose serious health risks and of course are very expensive to treat. If you suspect your cat has an abscess, then I suggest you immediately take your cat to the vet who will more than likely prescribe some antibiotics.

When cats have been bitten, they can become infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), but only if the perpetrating cat is carrying the virus. This is a very serious issue thus never delay getting your cat checked out by your vet.

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Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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  • Interesting article you have here, may I know if there is any chance that the cats will divert their aggression towards the one who uses the hand clapping method? I think the clapping method is the easiest to use but I’m worried if it’ll divert the aggression of the cats.

    • You’re right, clapping your hands is the easiest and most convenient since we have them on us all the time. To answer your question, you need to stand a fair distance away from the cats – at least that’s what I do anyway and it’s never failed.

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  • Cats don’t have the bone crushing power of a dog bite but their sharp little teeth can bite to the bone in a fraction of a second if you’re not careful.

    I’ve had to break up a number of cat fights, including that other kind of cat fight (two drunk girls at the bar). In both cases they are emotionally flooded and don’t really know what they are doing. They are running on pure instinct. So be careful putting any body parts out there that you don’t want to lose. 🙂

    Gary

  • We have a cat that spends most of its time outside and occasionally a neighbor cat will invade its territory and create a conflict. The best thing we have found is to discourage any neighbor cats from coming around by chasing them off as soon as we see them and that seems to keep them at bay. We also never feed our cat if we see another cat nearby that may get the idea that our cat eats better than they do. With this approach we only have a few cat fights a year.

  • Great tips on breaking up cat fights. I have one cat and one dog who are always fighting. I have learned first hand that swatting at them during a fight doesn’t work! Swatting during a fight only makes matters worse. Your hand becomes part of the fight. My pets only fight for play, but sometimes I worry they will take it too far. I’ll try your tips for my cat/dog fights.
    Thanks,

    Cathy

  • I have two cats. Fortunately, they have never gotten into a fight (except for play fighting). We have a squirt bottle of water handy and point it at them if they are being bad like jumping on the counters or scratching the walls. We never have to squirt it though. They learned a long time ago that they don’t like getting wet. But it might work for fighting as well.

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