Many people want and try to have multi-cat households, but experience varying levels of success. While some cats seem to get along without any issues, many others will be constantly at each other's throats, starting fights and becoming territorial with each other. If you're currently having this problem or want to know what you can do to try and keep it from happening in the first place, here are three things to consider doing for your cats.
Address Outdoor Cats
Believe it or not, the problem between two or more indoor cats may not actually be the fault of either of them. Instead, it may be outdoor cats lurking around your home that are causing a problem. Outdoor cats tend to be strays, which means that they're likely unfixed. Unfortunately, this can easily lead to stray cats fighting outside your home, which can make your indoor cats feel frightful and territorial indoors, trying to protect their home. This kind of constant strain and stress can make your indoor cats lash out at each other because they're both afraid and worried about their surroundings.
To handle the outdoor cats, one good thing to do is to engage in TNR—trap, neuter, and return. Work with your local veterinarian to capture local cats, get them neutered or spayed, and then release them back into the neighborhood. They'll stop being as territorial and won't spray around your home, which should help your indoor cats to feel more at ease.
Another good idea is to talk to your vet about calming products for your indoor cats. These come in the form of collars and diffusers that produce a hormone that has a tranquilizing and soothing effect on cats. This can help your kitties to feel more at ease in their home and around each other, which will help to reduce stress and aggression between them.
Finally, if your cats haven't been spayed or neutered yet, consider doing so. Outside of an interest in breeding purebred cats, there's almost no reason to leave male or female cats unspayed or unneutered. Doing so can increase their risk of developing certain cancers and can lead to more aggression between them when mating season strikes. Depending on the genders of your cats, it can also leave you with unwanted kittens, which is a complicated and sometimes expensive scenario to find yourself in.
With these three resolutions, your cats can find more peace between each other and improve the overall comfort and vibe of your home. Don't let your cats constantly be fighting for no reason. For more information, contact a clinic such as Third Street Veterinary.