by Dorian Wagner
If you have cats that are constantly at odds, we have some suggestions for keeping the peace -- no water gun needed
Cats giving their owners head butts are cute, but cats butting heads are not. If your cats are constantly at odds, here are a few tips and tricks you can use for keeping the peace.
There are several products available that have calming effects on kitties. One of the most popular -- and most effective -- is Feliway, a natural product that you plug in to a wall outlet much like a plug-in air freshener. It releases lightly scented oil that contains pheromones, which can relax cats and help them feel more safe and secure. Use a diffuser in each room of the house where cats squabble.
Another natural product is Rescue Remedy. These come in liquid drops made from natural, calming flower essences. Drops can be given orally or disguised in food or water to help ease stressful situations.
If your cats are not stressed, it may be that one is more active and simply wants to interact and play more than the other, causing the other to lash out in rebellion. Commit to 15 minutes of solid playtime with your energetic kitty several times a day to give it the activity it needs and essentially wear your cat out. It's a bonding experience for the two of you, and your cat will be less likely to bother the other cats.
Cats also become protective in areas where they eat or sleep. Be sure you have at least one set of food and water bowls for each cat, plus beds and toys for each so they don't feel like they need to claim their space and defend it. Keeping each cat's bowls slightly away from the others can help as well, so they don't feel threatened while eating.
If a situation is particularly violent, it may be best to try and separate your cats. If at all possible, give each a room where they can be alone, especially at night or when you are away from home. Try this for a week and see if the situation corrects itself. Many times, the stressful situation will pass, and slowly reintroducing your pets while following the other tips above can help cut back on hissy fits.
In the end, most cats do eventually settle down and find their own space. They may never be the best of friends, but cats will generally learn to live with each other. As long as they're not hurting one other, sometimes it's best to let your pets work things out for themselves.