Bad Neighbors - Cat Fights
My cat is fighting with a stray 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. While stray cat populations are being managed and appear to have stabilized in the United States, they understandably are not welcome in your yard if your furr-baby is distressed by their presence.
Conflicts with stray cats through windows 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.
What can you do to help?
- Some plants can act as natural deterrents, because of their fragrance, to stray kitties wandering in your yard, such as lavender.
- You can purchase a motion activated sprinkler, to help deter unwanted visitors
- Placing lemon or orange peels in the planting beds around your yard can help. Kitties are not a fan of citrus.
- 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.
Want to read more about cat conflict see our post: how to stop cat conflicts.
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