Top 5 tips to help your cats get on
1st February 2018
In the wild, cats are solitary animals, preferring their own company to the company of others. Some cats will get along in a domestic setting, but what do you do if they don’t? And how do you know if they really get along?
You might be forgiven for thinking that your cats are friends because they don’t fight. But many cats will avoid confrontations, and will only fight as a last resort. If your cats spend much of the day avoiding each other, then it’s likely they aren’t best buddies. Cats who get along will snuggle up together and groom each other – this direct contact demonstrates that they are in the same social group and that they like each other.
So, if your cats spend a lot of the time avoiding each other, what can you do to help them live together as amicably as possible? Here are our top five tips.
1. Provide plenty of resources
Even cats who get along prefer not to share food, water and litter trays. Provide plenty of these resources in different locations around the house so that each cat can eat, drink and toilet in peace. Keep these resources separate from each other as well – cats like to avoid contamination.
2. Give each cat their own food bowl
Fights at the food bowl can be avoided. If one of your cats tend to steal food, a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder can prevent this. This feeder will only open for a registered cat’s microchip or collar tag, and remain closed for all other pets.
3. Provide enrichment
If your cats are mentally and physically stimulated, not only is this good for their health but it will also ensure that they are less inclined to focus on one another. Take time out every day to play with each of your cats and leave toys out that they can play with on their own. Cats love to scratch to mark their territory and keep their claws in shape so provide plenty of scratching posts.
4. Give each cat more freedom
If your cats have access to all areas of the house, then they will have more places to choose from when they need their alone time. Better still, outdoor access via a cat flap will give each of your cats a wider territory to explore.
5. Prevent home invasion
If intruder cats are gaining access to your house through a standard cat flap, this can cause stress and make tension worse amongst resident cats. Install a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap to prevent any neighbouring cats getting in and reduce the stress levels in your home.