Cat fights: Making your cats get along – Part 3

We always had cats in our home when the kids were growing up. Bought-from-store cats, stray cats, abandoned cats and gift cats. Some lasted just a day or two before running off, most hung around for several years, and one stayed for a dozen years. Our kids are grown and out on their own, and our cats are long gone now, and we live in quiet retirement and, somewhat regretfully, catless.

We had a large, wooded property in a suburban neighborhood, and never penned our cats in any way. They were free to come and go whenever they pleased. We believe this was a factor in keeping a peaceful relationships among the cats. They enjoyed their freedom and critter hunting, and there was no competition for space nor territory. We had litter boxes, but they were seldom needed, except during severe winter ice and snow shut-in times.

Like most animals who live in packs, a pecking order was always in effect. Our oldest cat, an non-neutered male, always ruled the household. His word … or growl … was always law, and newly arrived kittens very quickly learned the rules. Despite what many trainers and cat experts claim, we found it virtually impossible to force or train any of our cats to “get along” with each other.

Whenever there was a cat fight, which was seldom, we usually let it run its course of two or three seconds. If the fight went on, such as when a stranger came on our property, we quickly picked up our cat and took it into the house. In the few more serious cases, we had the garden hose ready with a high-velocity nozzle to make a quick and soaked finale to the fight.

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