A common issue in the cat world, one which I face often, is how to live a happy lifestyle with two cats who do not always see eye to eye. Mimi and Tula are lovable creatures but lets face it- cats are predators. They love to stalk, chase, and be in control especially around animals they see as a possible threat. If you face this same dilemma - try some of these tips and tricks that I use daily in order to keep a peaceful household.
1. Separate the cats as much as you can when you are not home. Have you heard the saying, “you never know what goes on behind closed doors”? This saying rings true especially with cats. Your little fur ball may be the sweetest cat on earth to you but the moment you are gone it may terrorize your other pet. It’s best to separate them so they do not have to continuously be on alert for the other cat. This allows their anxiety level to go down throughout the day. Do not lock them in cages (cats need a lot of space in order to be happy), just put them in separate rooms with ample food, water and sunlight- it will be puuuuurfect for them until you return home.
2. Give them separate cuddle time. Bonding is important to cats and if you have two who don’t see eye to eye you do not want them to feel like they are competing for attention. If you give one cat a belly rub in front of the other- make sure to share the love with the other as well instead of dismissing their presence. Animals pick up on things like this and if they do not feel the need to compete for attention the tension between the two cats can dwindle.
3. Allow them to assert dominance in a non-harmful way. For example, Mimi is the smaller of my two cats but she is the “boss” around the house. If the bigger cat, Tula, tries to swat at her or stalk her in a non playful way we will shew Tula off before the attack. This shows that the attack is not welcomed and will not be tolerated. If Mimi does hiss or swipe Tula before we get to them- we still shew Tula away. It must be like this because the smaller cat can do no real harm to the bigger one but if the bigger one has the upper hand it could be detrimental to the smaller animal. You have to watch how the animals interact in order to make sure one isn’t bullying the other.
If you follow these three things your household should be calmer in general. Cats will always “bicker” in a way but the key to harmony is balance.