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Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by Debbie Martin


Reduce Multicat Conflict for a Stress Free Home

Many things can be stressful for cats including sharing its home with other cats; this can sometimes make them behave strangely. Behaviours such as multicat conflicts, spray marking, vertical scratching are all signs that your cat may be stressed.

Multicat Conflicts

Cats are territorial by nature and have a society that is governed by strict rules that are part of a dominance controlled hierarchy. If this structure is observed within nature and there is a conflict between two rivals the loser will generally leave the victors territory thus avoiding any further conflict. However in a home environment there is quite often not the space for this natural progression to occur.

Problems with behaviour can sometimes arise in households with more than one cat, but it is possible for households with four, five, six or even more cats to live in harmony if the feline nature is understood and their need for space and privacy can be accommodated.

Reducing the urge to protect their territorial boundaries and compete for a female can be achieved by having the cats speyed and neutered as early as possible and will also decrease the occurrence of territory marking by spraying urine.

You can often stop these behavioural issues in their tracks and in many cases before they even start by providing a feline friendly environment in your home and making it comfortable for all of your cats.

Of course these days science can also help and Feliway is scientifically proven to help reduce or prevent these behaviours.

Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone. When a cat feels safe and secure in its environment it will rub its head on objects in the home such as furniture, corners of walls etc – this leaves behind facial pheromones. These pheromones are the way cats mark their home territory, meaning when they return to this environment they know it is a safe area.

Feliway alongside environmental changes including providing additional litter trays, water bowls, feeding stations, various places to hide/escape can help reduce mulicat conflicts in the home.

Feliway have also produced a leaflet that provides a checklist of things that you can do to provide a cat friendly home which you can find here.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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