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Stop Cat Bullying

By The Daily Cat experts

Stop Cat Bullying

Cats sometimes seem to mirror human behavior -- for better and for worse. Both male and female cats can act as bullies, picking on other cats. At its root, aggression is a survival tool, used for things like hunting, mating, and protecting territory. Female cats can also display maternal aggression, which helps them safeguard their kittens.

If you’re noticing bully-like behavior, your female could be acting out simply because she can. Perhaps the male is timid and she has a reward to gain, such as food or coveted space, by pushing him back. The more likely reason is that she feels threatened by the male and is ultra-defensive with him.

Pam Johnson-Bennett’s book Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat -- Not a Sour Puss has some great tips on how to curb inter-cat aggression. They include the following:

  • Try to determine the underlying reason(s) for the aggression. Carefully observe the feeding and sleeping areas. Does each cat have enough space? How about the litter box area? Do you have a separate box for each cat?
  • Separate and then reintroduce the cats slowly, as though you had just brought home a new pet. This can help to reprogram the cat’s mind that the other cat is a familiar friend and not a foe.
  • Put a collar with a bell on the cat’s neck. This will at least let your male cat know she’s coming.
  • Try clicker training. Use a clicker, combined with a small food treat, to reward positive, nonaggressive behavior.
  • Make sure your cats are in good health. Sometimes an illness can make a cat cranky. The female should also be spayed and the male neutered.

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Posted on June 8, 2012

Eugenio says: You need to have the vet tell you if it is mange or an allergy or rrniwogm. Ringworm can be transmitted to people, which means a doctor bill as well as a vet bill, so try the vet first.. If you are really broke, see if you can just get allergy free food, like Science Diet Z/D. I have a cat who has allergies and he was better three weeks after starting on that diet. Another thing to do is use Advantage or some other anti-flea thing on the cat. The cat could be allergic to fleas. If those fail, then a vet check is in order and you can get prescription treatments for it.References :

Posted on June 9, 2012

Abo says: You really need to take it to the vet to get a skin bipsoy to see what type of mange it is, which will tell you what the treatment plan is. If you let it get too bad, the animal might need to be put down (I've seen it happen). Even if it is expensive, its better that the cat not suffer. Try to work out a payment plan.References :

Posted on June 10, 2012

Missy Pat says: When my cat acts out I slap it with a rolled up newspaper and squirt it with a water pistol. No harm to the cat and the behaviour is modified immediately.

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