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Question from Diane:

I have a 7-year-old neutered male cat who sometimes fights with his brother and only one of his sisters (he has two). He will jump on them and bunny-kick them very aggressively and they are obviously in pain when he does this – as the screaming and flying fur attests. It’s like he’s temporarily in a trance. He acts quite normally before and after, I think, and I’m really not sure how to explain this behaviour to the vet. It’s been going on for about two months now but there’s been no major changes in the house in that time. The “queen” of the house died in January (no blood relation to this cat) but I can’t link it to that since it was so long ago. Any ideas? Have you heard of that behaviour before? Thanks for your insight!

Answer from Amy:

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When a new cat is introduced to an established cat, the original cat may find the newcomer a bit intrusive. If the introduction does not go smoothly, the older cat may become resentful of the new cat for interloping into its territory. It is better to intervene before the friction between them escalates into aggression.

How to prevent a cat fight?

When a new cat is moving into your place, the older cat needs to make sure that its territory is intact. By placing them in 2 separate rooms, leaving a gap or setting up a gate at the door will help them slowly introduce each other by smelling one another’s scent.

Cats do not normally get aggressive or hostile at another cat if one carries another’s facial pheromone. Rub down a cat with a towel and use the same towel to transfer the scent to another cat. By exchanging facial scent, it helps ease their aggression and allow them to get to understand each other better.

When feeding the cats, place the food in the room for the new cat and let the older cat eat by the door, so they are ¬†practically eating together without interfering each other’s meal.

When you let the new cat explore in the living room, keep the older cat in a closed door bedroom, so that the new cat can go freely in the area.

By slowly introducing the cats with the techniques above, a nasty fight can be avoided.

However, sometimes it is difficult for humans to distinguish between a real cat fight and a playful fight.