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​Help: My Cat is Being Bullied by My Neighbours Cat!

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Most cats will learn to tolerate the other cats in their neighbourhood. After initial sizing up, the cats will either become feline friends or learn to avoid each other. This suits both cats as they don’t have to worry about conflict in their own territory, until a time when conflict is required. This isn’t always the case though, there are some cats that seem to pick on others, resulting in unhappy cats and stressed out owners.

It tends to be the more adventurous cats that have problems with the other nearby cats. Cat behaviourists have also discovered that it’s the middle aged cats that are the ones likely to be a victim or become a bully. These are the cats that will experience more minor injuries, perhaps because they feel the need to defend their territory more or it’s because they simply have more confidence in protecting what they see as theirs.

Signs Your Cat is Being Bullied

There are a few obvious signs, you could hear or see your cat fighting and see or feel minor injuries on your cat. There are other less obvious signs to be aware of too:

  • Skin irritations
  • Eye infections
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Lameness
  • Spraying in the home
  • Reluctance to go outside

Solutions for Bullied Cats

There are a few steps you can take to help relieve the stress for your cat and solutions available to resolve the situation:

  • Try using a pheromone diffuser in the home to promote relaxation and comfort in the home.
  • Install a secure entry cat flap to prevent other cats from gaining entry to your home
  • Create a stimulating garden to encourage your cat to stay within the boundaries of your property
  • Use a cat enclosure or pet containment system to create a safe territory
  • Neuter your pet to help stop their desire to wander off in order to find a mate
  • Always have your cat microchipped and wearing a suitable safety collar

It’s a good idea to approach the neighbour to discuss the problems your cats are having. Inform them about what you’ve witnessed and try to come up with a plan that will suit you both. Perhaps you could ask about their cat’s habits and work out a system that will stop the two from running into each other.

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