Loud whistling, hissing sound, hairstreaks in the air – the unmistakable scene of a fight at work. If you encounter a ring like this inside or outside the house, you may find yourself wondering what to do. Should you interfere? Throw water on the situation and hope for the best? Just ignore it? The solution will depend on the current situation, but it is always advisable to break up the fight in some way, as cat fights rarely succeed without at least one kitten being infected.
What should I do in an emergency:
- Stay calm and evaluate the scene for any additional threats to you or your pet. This is important for everyone’s safety.
- Keep your cat warm (with the exception of sunstroke), as calmly as possible, and keep moving to the minimum possible, especially if there is a possible trauma, broken limbs, or other neurological symptoms.
- Call the veterinary hospital and inform them of the condition and get first aid advice.
- To safely move or move an infected cat, use a suitable container such as a strong cardboard box or cat holder (remove the top for easy and safe access to the holder; never push an infected cat through the small door or hole). Place a blanket or thick towel on the patient.
- Go to the veterinary hospital as soon as possible.
Discover a fight
Since cats are naturally small, fast, and creatures generally small, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether what you’re looking at are two playing cats or two cats trying to kill each other. While the instinctive rough play that cats engage in can be very similar to fighting in many situations, there are some things that you should look for that may help you decide whether to fight a cat fight on your hands. Usually, when cats play, any hunt, beating, or even a slight bite is mutual, and no cat appears to be bullied or overpowered by the other. Informal stalking or stalking is part of the normal cat playing activity, and friendly cats usually display body language such as the pointed ears forward and a comfortable general posture.
You can even spot a fight before it’s started if you’re aware of a few telltale signs. Cats express themselves through the use of body language, and according to the Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman, some common signs of cat aggression can predict whether or not a fight is going to happen. Typical signs of aggression are easy to spot and hard to mistake — hissing, swatting, arching their backs, and blowing up to appear larger are all very clear indicators that at least one cat is sending the message to back off, or else. Lesser-known signs of an aggressive cat include laid back ears, a stiff body, a hanging, lowered tail, and a crouching stance, depending on if the cat is being offensive or defensive in his position.
Are there any restraint tips that might be helpful?
Most of the animals you encounter will panic, become disoriented or injured. Stress from an emergency can cause a friend’s animal to act aggressively. Although most terrified animals respond to a calm and calming sound, be careful when approaching or touching an infected animal.
Break up a fight inside
If you see fighting taking place between your cat inside, the first, and perhaps the most difficult, the rule to stick to is not to panic. The second thing that you should keep in mind and this applies to any fight no matter where it occurs or whoever cats participate, is that you should never reach your hands in a fight in an attempt to break it up. Not only will you (most likely) not end the fighting, but you’ll find yourself walking away with a mess of potential scratches and bites, and you’re likely to unleash a stream of obscene words, so your neighbors won’t visually communicate with you for a while. There is a better way.
Instead, try to break up the fight by first “catching” the cats out of their anger. This can be done by making loud noises, such as clapping or stepping on the ground. This should do one of two things: either send at least one cat running or will give at least a resting tension until the cat drops its guard. The goal is to have the cats break down their defensive or offensive positions enough so you can separate them, and at this point, they should keep them apart from at least each other until things calm down.
Outdoor cat fights
A cat fight between outdoor cats is not unlike that of one found inside of the home, but because you’ll likely be dealing with at least one unfamiliar cat, you’ll want to take care to keep your distance. Outdoor cats often find themselves at odds over territorial disputes, and if no one is willing to back down, a fight can take place, says Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman. If you see a fight outdoors, you can break it up by either tossing something lightweight in between the cats to scare them off or spray or squirt them with a little water.
What causes cat fights?
Cats Fight for Other Reasons
This occurs when another animal, such as a cat viewed from a window, is upsetting the resident cat,” says Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman. “The resident cat, unable to reach the outsider, sometimes vents his frustration on the nearest animal, who may be another cat.” Scents and stress might also cause cat fights.
Should I let my cats fight?
Never let the cats “fight it out.” Cats don’t resolve their issues through fighting, and the fighting usually just gets worse. … More hiding spots and perches will allow your cats to space themselves out as they prefer. Don’t try to calm or soothe your aggressive cat, just leave her alone and give her space.
There are also other ways as to how to stop cats from fighting: Distract them: Cats can get very engrossed with fighting, but you can try and distract them. Find something you know they love, like a toy, and make a noise with it. This might get their attention and stop the fight.