Avoiding territorial fights among cats: is that possible?

Territorial fighting is part of the instinctive territory behavior of cats. Especially cats, who still have to hold their own in the ranking, and cat mothers sometimes fight to the blood and can get injured. Can these struggles be avoided? These two cats fight over who owns the area - Shutterstock / DavidTB

Territorial fights can hardly be avoided, especially in the case of outdoor animals, since they have to share their surroundings with the neighboring cats. After domestic cats have cleared their rankings, the fighting usually subsides. If the roommates keep arguing, they may not match.

Does castration prevent territorial fighting?

One way to at least reduce the number of territorial fights is castration. Female cats defend their territory especially when they have young, otherwise they avoid the confrontation with fellow species if possible. Hangovers, on the other hand, use territory fighting to gain a higher place in the ranking - for example, if they are new to the territory. Young, neutered cats who are under three years old and still in puberty are particularly cheeky and daring.

In addition, uncastrated tomcats cross out larger areas so that they can meet more conspecifics that challenge them to fight. In any case, it is advisable to have neuters neutered so that the cats do not multiply unintentionally and more homeless stray cats are born. Castration is therefore recommended in every case, even if this does not entirely prevent territorial battles.

Territory behavior of cats and tomcats

Whether outdoors or a domestic cat - every velvet paw shows an instinctive territory behavior ...

Avoiding territorial fights is difficult

If you want to avoid territorial fights entirely, you would have to keep your cat alone in the apartment - but this can quickly become boring and bleak for the animal. When adopting a second cat, you can increase the likelihood that the cat's roommates understand each other by making sure that they match in age, gender and cat personality. It also helps curb quarrels when they are neutered.

Territorial battles with outdoor enthusiasts can be restricted if the garden is carefully fenced in so that other members of the species can no longer stroke your cat's territory and cause unrest. Such secure access allows your cat to play and sniff in the garden without getting involved in territorial fights. However, this is very expensive and here, too, it is advisable to keep cats in pairs.

Take injured cats to the vet?

If, despite everything, territorial battles have occurred, keep an eye on your cat. If she appears to be in pain or behaves differently than usual, she may have been scratched or injured during the fighting. Even if they are not immediately visible, they can ignite. If in doubt, or if you notice changes in cat behavior, see a veterinarian as a precaution. The sooner the miracle is treated and any inflammation treated, the faster the injury heals.

Even if hangovers primarily want to test who is the stronger and don't want to hurt each other through territorial fights, bites and scratches can occur. Diseases may be transmitted. Therefore, you should have your cat outdoors vaccinated against typical cat diseases such as cat cold, the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and rabies.

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