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Cat Behavior Problems - The occasional cat fight is expected in multiple cat households, because cats are territorial. However, when aggressive behavior becomes the norm, you can take steps to stop it.
These are some cat training tips I use, and a few more from Friskies cat food: Identify the aggressor and victim, then separate the cats when they can't be supervised. Give the aggressor corrective measures, and the victim rewards.
Corrective measures can include: confinement in a less attractive space; place a collar and bell on the aggressor; squirt the aggressor with a water sprayer during agressive acts.
For the victim give rewards such as free roam of the house, plus edible and affection rewards.
Gradually increase the supervised interaction, rewarding good behavior and using corrective measures against cat agression.
My question is how long should it take before you realize you're fighting a losing battle? I've used corrective measures by casting the cat out of the room by locking in another room while the "victim" roams the house. I've even done the water bottle. Nothing works. Also, we have a food problem. The aggressor will come in my room and eat my cat's food. I don't like keeping the door shut incase my cats do want to roam I don't want them to feel as if they can't. The aggressor is very heafty, but has no claws. She will eat all the food in the bowl until she reguritates. I don't know what to do. The aggressor in her actions, is waking me up every night. I have a feeling she is trying to eat all of the food in hopes that if there's no food to eat in the house, they will go somewhere else. Seems silly, but I can't imagine why she would do that when she has a very accessible cat bowl that is filled every day. I honestly don't know what to do.
How can I stop multiple cats from fighting with older male cat. He has been sick, but is under a vets care and appears in good health now. The cats however continue to be aggressive with him.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|